Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Innocence Project Focusing on Freeing the Wrongfully Jailed, Reforming a Flawed System
Before he was convicted of a rape he didn’t commit, Dean Cage of Chicago had a stable existence, his lawyer said. He had a job and he was living with his girlfriend.
Now, 14 years later, the 41-year-old Cage is beginning to try and put his life back together after being released one week ago from an Illinois state prison. DNA tests proved that Cage did not rape the 15-year-old girl in 1994 who had picked him out of a police line-up.
Cage maintained then that he was at home at the time of the alleged incident, and his family stood by him.
"It’s a complicated time. It’s incredibly exciting to see him free. But you never can forget the 14 years he has lost and never will regain," attorney Alba Morales told BlackAmericaWeb.com.
"Now that he has been freed, the focus is on getting him the things he needs, like clothes and a phone," she said. "He was released from prison with basically nothing." [Mark Godsey]
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