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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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Apr 06

In 2016 More Than $263 Million Was Awarded Or Paid To Wrongly Convicted Persons In U.S.

More than a quarter billion dollars is known to have been awarded or paid in 2016 as compensation to 138 people who were wrongly convicted in the United States. The people were imprisoned for a total of 1,997 years. The people were convicted in 13 states and the District of Columbia. With the total compensation …

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Apr 03

Usha Tanpure Acquitted Of 2001 Conviction For Arguing With Man

Usha Tanpure has been acquitted by the Bombay High Court of her 2001 conviction for humiliating a man during an argument in public. In the fall of 2000 Tanpure was living in Pune, India. Pune is about 90 miles east of Mumbai. She celebrated a holiday by wearing a nightgown to her work. A man …

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Mar 27

Germany’s Cabinet Approves Pardons For More Than 50,000 Men Convicted Of Homosexual Crimes

Cartoon about Frankfurt trials in 1950 and 1951 ( Die Freundschaft (Friendship), 1951, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum #170)

Germany’s cabinet has approved a bill that will pardon all men convicted after 1948 of a consensual homosexual crime. Men who are still alive will be granted compensation. Paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code criminalized homosexual acts between males. The law was enacted in 1871, and it wasn’t repealed until March 10, 1994. The …

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Jan 14

John Kennedy O’Hara’s Voting Fraud Convictions Overturned After 18 Year Fight

John Kennedy O’Hara in courtroom when his conviction was overturned on January 12, 2017 (Jesse Ward, NY Daily News)

On January 12, 2017 John Kennedy O’Hara’s 1999 voting fraud related convictions were overturned in Kings County, New York. John O’Hara was an attorney in Brooklyn who in the early-to-mid-1990s was an active political opponent of Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes. In the 1990s O’Hara ran five times against Hynes allies — twice for …

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Dec 07

Jessica Silva Acquitted Of Manslaughter By Appeals Court In Stabbing Death Of Ex-Boyfriend

Jessica Silva on June 27, 2016 after a hearing in the NSW Court of Appeals. (AAP)

Jessica Silva has successfully appealed her manslaughter conviction for stabbing her abusive former boyfriend to death on Mother’s Day 2012. The New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal acquitted Silva on December 7, 2016. Silva was 22 when in March 2012 she broke up with James Polkinghorne after about a four year relationship. They had …

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Nov 01

Rastafarian Parents Acquitted Of Failing To Send Homeschooled Children To Public School

Charles Ijui Jah Lashley (right rear), Kim Isartes Ibre Jackman (left rear), with their daughter (left front) and son (right front), outside the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court after the acquittal of Lashley and Jackman on Oct. 31, 2016 (St. Lucia Times)

On October 29, 2016, Charles Ijui Jah Lashley and Kim Isartes Ibre Jackman’s convictions of failing to send their two homeschooled children to public school were overturned in Barbados. Lashley and Jackman are Rastafarians, and they had been found guilty in September 2016. Homeschooling is lawful in Barbados if a parent is granted an exemption …

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Sep 02

Charles K. Zisa’s Retrial Barred By Pervasive Prosecutor Misconduct

Charles “Ken” Zisa during his during plea hearing in Dec. 2010 (The Record - Bergen County, NJ)

On August 23, 2016 former Hackensack, New Jersey Police Chief Charles Kenneth Zisa’s indictment for official misconduct was dismissed, based on pervasive prosecutor misconduct during his trial in 2012. The ruling bars Zisa’s retrial after his conviction was overturned in July 2015. In 2010 Charles Zisa, aka Ken Zisa, had been a member of the …

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Aug 12

Federal Circuit Court Rules Judge Doesn’t Have Power To Expunge Valid Conviction

U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson

A U.S. District Court judge doesn’t have the authority to expunge a person’s legally valid conviction. That was the ruling of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on August 11, 2016. The person involved in the case was identified as “Jane Doe” in the court’s decision. In 1997 Jane Doe joined an automobile insurance …

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