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Nebraska County Pays Huge Price for Bungled Murder Case

SCOTUS upholds verdict that will see 'Beatrice Six' get $28M for their wrongful convictions

(Newser) - The Beatrice Six are a unique case in the history of American crime , and the Supreme Court's Monday decision related to their case has left Nebraska's Gage County in a unique situation. The six went to prison for raping and killing Helen Wilson in the town of Beatrice... More »

Man Who Wrongly Spent 39 Years in Prison Gets $21M

Craig Coley's attorney says no amount of money can make up for what he missed

(Newser) - The city of Simi Valley, Calif., has reached a $21 million settlement with a man wrongly imprisoned for nearly 40 years in the killing of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old son, the AP reports. Craig Coley, now 71, was released in 2017 after he was pardoned by then-Gov. Jerry Brown,... More »

He's Serving 450 Years. His 'Victims' Say He's Innocent

Ricky Malee is 17 years into a sentence for crimes he insists he never committed

(Newser) - If Ricky Malee had taken the plea deal, he'd be out of prison right now, having served just 10 years. Instead, he's 17 years into a 450-year sentence. But he didn't want to confess to a crime he insists he didn't commit, and so "an... More »

Millions in Settlements for Wrongly Convicted 'Norfolk 4'

Former sailors were wrongly convicted of 1997 rape, murder

(Newser) - The city of Norfolk has agreed to pay $4.9 million to four former sailors who were wrongly convicted of a woman's rape and murder based on intimidating police interrogations. A copy of the settlement agreement for the "Norfolk Four" was obtained by the AP . The state also... More »

Men Were Convicted of Killing Their Debbie. It Was a Mistake

Politico looks at the effect of a wrongful conviction on a victim's family

(Newser) - When Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz were found guilty of the 1982 rape and murder of Debbie Sue Carter, her devastated family found a small degree of solace in the idea that justice had been served. The Oklahoma 21-year-old had just moved into her first apartment when she was raped... More »

They Said He Killed His Lover in 1998. They Got It Wrong

Horace Roberts is exonerated in the death of Terry Yvette Cheek

(Newser) - "It's a classic murder case, where you've got a husband, you've got a lover, and you've got a dead wife." One of those two men spent almost 20 years behind bars for the crime—and prosecutors now believe it was the wrong one. The... More »

'They Robbed Me of a Career, a Life'

Wrongfully convicted of murder, Larry McKee faces difficult adjustment to freedom

(Newser) - "They robbed me of a career, a life." Those are the words of Larry McKee, a New York man who was released from prison earlier this year after spending two decades behind bars for a murder he maintained he didn't commit. The New York Times takes a... More »

Man Who Never Golfed Freed From Prison Thanks to Game

Valentino Dixon's murder conviction is vacated after 27 years

(Newser) - A New York inmate who has never golfed a game in his life is now a free man, with his innocence restored to him thanks to the game. Golf Digest has the incredible conclusion to the story of Valentino Dixon, a 48-year-old who caught the magazine's attention six years... More »

His Girl Drowned While Fishing. Was It an Accident or Murder?

Wendell Lindsey's daughter died in 1990

(Newser) - "I let her down," says Wendell Lindsey of his 10-year-old daughter Jeanette, who drowned on Feb. 27, 1990, despite his attempts to save her. Lindsey was 33 at the time; he's now 62, and serving a life sentence at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit prison in Gatesville,... More »

'I've Been Fighting This 27 Years': Man's Murder Conviction Dismissed

Johnny Tallbear had been convicted in 1991 slaying

(Newser) - An Oklahoma City man who was sentenced to life in prison for the 1991 slaying of a homeless man was released Monday after testing on DNA recovered at the crime scene failed to match him, the AP reports. A judge vacated the sentence and dismissed the case against Johnny Tallbear,... More »

White Sox Give Job Back to Man Wrongly Behind Bars for 23 Years

Nevest Coleman is proud to be back as a groundskeeper at Guaranteed Rate Field

(Newser) - It's been nearly a quarter-century since Nevest Coleman helped powerwash and pull back the tarp at Comiskey Park, the Chicago White Sox stadium now known as Guaranteed Rate Field. But the 49-year-old is back on the job, after 23 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit.... More »

Wrongly Jailed Man Got $75. Now, He's Finally a Millionaire

Lawrence McKinney spent 31 years in prison

(Newser) - A Tennessee man who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than half his life has finally received compensation—almost a decade after he was set free and handed a check for just $75 . Lawrence McKinney, 61, was convicted of rape and burglary in 1978 but the conviction was overturned and he... More »

Men Accused of Satanic Murder Cleared After 26 Years

Kentucky men spent more than 20 years in prison

(Newser) - An Innocence Project lawyer says it's the worst miscarriage of justice she has ever seen—and it's one that kept two men behind bars for more than half their lives. Garr Keith Hardin and Jeffrey Dewayne Clark, who spent 24 years in prison in Kentucky after being accused... More »

He Said He Was Innocent for 40 Years. Google Search Proved It

Stephen Simmons and two friends were arrested for stealing mailbags in 1975

(Newser) - Facebook may have been one criminal's undoing—Google was another's saving grace. The Guardian has the story of Stephen Simmons, a 62-year-old British businessman whose frustration over a 1976 conviction for a crime he maintained he did not commit had never dissipated. He and two pals were arrested... More »

Rumor Helped Lock Her Up for Murder. Now, an Exoneration

Judge clears Kirstin Lobato of homeless man's 2001 murder

(Newser) - Kirstin Lobato will be happier than most to leave 2017 behind. Twice convicted of the brutal murder of a homeless man in Las Vegas, the 35-year-old is expected to start a new chapter when she becomes a free woman for the first time since 2001. A judge granted a request... More »

He Wrongfully Spent 45 Years in Prison in 'Weak at Best' Case

Now 65-year-old Wilbert Jones is free after his rape conviction was overturned

(Newser) - A 65-year-old Louisiana man arrested at 19 and sentenced to life without parole walked out of prison Wednesday, saying "God is so good" after his rape conviction was overturned. Authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Wilbert Jones decades ago, and their case against him was "weak at... More »

Couple Wrongfully Imprisoned for Satanic Rituals Gets Paid

The Kellers will receive $3.4M after spending 21 years in prison

(Newser) - Dan and Fran Keller will receive $3.4 million from the state of Texas after being wrongly convicted of sexually abusing children during satanic rituals at their daycare and spending more than 21 years in prison, the Austin American-Statesman reports. According to CBS News , the Kellers were convicted in 1992... More »

Their Crimes Were Unspeakable. They Were Also Bogus

Dan and Fran Keller exonerated of daycare sex abuse

(Newser) - They were labeled "satanic" daycare owners who murdered babies, held orgies involving children, took kids to Mexico to be raped by military officials, and forced others to drink blood. They each spent 21 years in prison based on those lies, reports the Intercept . But after 25 years, their names... More »

Podcast's Hot Mic Helps Reverse Murder Conviction

Kaj Linna is free after 13 years in prison in Sweden

(Newser) - The Serial podcast seems to have helped Adnan Syed get a new trial . But a podcast inspired by Serial might have gone one step further. As one person involved puts it to the BBC , "We actually helped free an innocent man." Kaj Linna had served 11 years of... More »

They Didn't Kill Her. So Why Were They Convinced They Did?

Found innocent years ago, the Beatrice Six remain unsure

(Newser) - Years after being exonerated for the rape and murder of a 68-year-old woman in Nebraska, Debra Shelden catches herself starting to describe the crime scene. “I don’t remember what I did at the crime ... because I wasn’t there, apparently.” The Beatrice Six are a unique case... More »

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