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Jun 11

In 2016 82% Of Death Row Prisoners In India Were Acquitted Or Had Sentence Commuted On Appeal

Death Penalty In India: Annual Statistics 2016 (report cover)

82% of prisoners sentenced to death in India whose appeal was decided in 2016 were either acquitted or had their death sentence commuted to a lesser sentence by an appeals court. “Death Penalty In India: Annual Statistics 2016,” a report by the Centre on the Death Penalty at the National Law University in Delhi, India, …

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May 01

62% Of Criminal Appeals In Vanuatu Result In Ruling For Defendant

Court of Appeal of Vanuatu

Sixty-two percent of all criminal appeals in Vanuatu from 1997 to 2016 resulted in a ruling favorable to the defendant by the Court of Appeal. Vanuatu is a Pacific island nation, about 1,100 miles northeast of Australia. It has a population of less than 300,000 on its 82 islands. Vanuatu was a co-British/French colony known …

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Apr 27

Edin Mehic’s Public Belching Conviction Overturned On Appeal

Edin Mehic’s public indecency conviction for belching in Vienna’s Prater Park was overturned on April 18, 2017. Mehic, 27, was living in Vienna, Austria and working as a bartender, when he took a walk in Prater Park on Sunday, February 7, 2016. He bought a Turkish Kebabkette (kebab) from a vendor and had it prepared …

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Apr 10

Thenjiwe Griffiths Acquitted Of ‘Black Widow’ Carjacking Murder Of Her Husband

Thenjiwe Griffiths, with her attorney Narain Naidoo, outside the Westville Prison after her release on April 6, 2017. (Supplied)

On April 6, 2017 Thenjiwe Griffiths was acquitted of the 2006 murder of her husband Allan. The Pietermaritzburg High Court in South Africa ruled the prosecution’s evidence didn’t support her conviction of being involved in his murder during a carjacking. Thenjiwe was 24 when she married Allan Griffiths in April 2005. She was 35 years …

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Apr 07

University Student’s Sexual Misconduct Guilty Finding Based On Hearsay Tossed

SUNY Potsdam President Kristin Esterberg, who increased Benjamin Haug's punishment for daring to assert his innocence. (www.potsdam.edu)

On April 6, 2017 Benjamin Haug’s sexual misconduct guilty finding and expulsion from the State University of New York at Potsdam was overturned on appeal. The appeals court ruled Haug’s guilt is not supported by substantial evidence. Haug was a freshman at SUNY Potsdam when in the early morning hours of September 7, 2014 he …

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Mar 08

Yevgenia Chudnovet Acquitted On Appeal For Posting Video Exposing Child Abuse

Yevgenia Chudnovet released from prison on March 6, 2017

Yevgenia Chudnovet was acquitted on March 6, 2017 by a Russian appeals court of her November 2016 conviction of distributing child pornography. Chudnovet was prosecuted for posting a video online to alert authorities about a child abuse case. In the summer of 2015 Chudnovet was a kindergarten teacher in Kataysk, Russia. Kataysk is a city …

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Mar 03

Eric Asante Exonerated By DNA Of Defiling Student In 2005

Eric Asante after his release from prison in 2015 (The Mirror, Accra)

Eric Asante has been acquitted by the Supreme Court of Ghana of defiling a 14-year-old girl in 2005. Asante’s acquittal was based on a DNA paternity test that excluded him as the father of the son born to the now 26-year-old woman. In 2005 Eric Asante was 28 and a teacher at the Nyorhini Presby …

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Jul 28

David Bryant’s Rape Conviction Based On Fantasist’s Fabrications Tossed By Appeals Court

David Bryant and his wife Lynn Bryant outside the Royal Courts of Justice after Bryant’s conviction was overturned on July 20, 2016 (Telegraph (London))

On July 20, 2016 David Bryant’s 2013 conviction for the rape of a male teenager in the mid-1970s was overturned by England’s Court of Appeals based on new evidence his accuser is a chronic liar who fabricated the alleged assault out of thin air. David Bryant was a 63-year-old retired fireman living in Christchurch, England …

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Jul 26

Thirty Percent Of Death Row Prisoners In India Are Acquitted On Appeal

Death Penalty India Report (Volume II) – 2016

Thirty percent of the defendants convicted of a capital crime and sentenced to death in India are acquitted on appeal. That is one of the most striking findings in “The Death Penalty India Report.” The report is the result of a research project by the Centre on the Death Penalty at the National Law University …

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Jun 21

Michigan’s Pending Compensation Law Is Anti-Exoneree Political Window Dressing

Michigan’s Pending Compensation Law Is Anti-Exoneree Political Window Dressing Justice Denied Editorial June 21, 2016 The Michigan State Senate has passed 37 to 0 a bill that provides as little money as possible to a select group of exonerated persons — while leaving the majority of exonerated persons out to dry with nothing.[n.1] Senate Bill …

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