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Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Exoneration Roundup

Cuffs_1 A North Carolina man who served 14 years for sexual abuse was released when the victims recanted; a newspaper re-interviewed witnesses who said they had not been molested.  In Brooklyn, a murder defendant won his case during jury selection when his lawyer, interviewing a potential alibi witness, got a confession instead.  A Toledo man accused of kidnapping and fondling a hitchhiker was cleared when the complainant admitted fabricating the charges; the defendant was identified after surveillance tapes were broadcast on television, but when his accuser was confronted with receipts showing the defendant was shopping during the alleged kidnapping, she admitted making up the story.  A California man filed suit seeking compensation for being imprisoned for 24 years for a murder he did not commit.  Two Federal Protective Service officers in San Francisco pleaded guilty to falsely accusing a motorist of assault; a third officer is charged with helping conceal the crime.  A Virginia man is appealing a ruling that a malpractice action against his defense attorney is barred by receiving $750K in government compensation for an 11-year stint for a crime he didn't commit.  A North Carolina judge stayed an execution scheduled for Friday to give time to investigate a claim of innocence; the state is appealing.  [Update: The state Supreme Court declined to lift the stay]. [Jack Chin]

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