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Walter Forbes Was Framed. 38 Years Later, He's Free

Michigan man's 1983 murder conviction thrown out after witness says she lied

(Newser) - Walter Forbes was in his 20s when he was sent to prison for murder. At age 63, he was told his conviction had been thrown out. It was like watching a "vision unfold," the Michigan man tells CNN . Still, "it's pretty sad that it took 38...

'It Did Not Add Up,' and 15 Years Later, He's Free

Joseph Webster's murder conviction overturned

(Newser) - A Tennessee man has been reunited with family after serving almost 15 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. Joseph Webster's attorney, Daniel Horwitz, has spent the past four years reinvestigating the 1998 slaying of Leroy Owens and shared his findings with WZTV . "We interviewed...

'I've Rarely Seen a Case as Bad as Ronnie Long's'

Wrongfully convicted man was released from prison after 44 years

(Newser) - In August, Ronnie Long walked out of prison and into the record books in the number 3 slot on the list of Americans who've served the longest sentences for crimes they didn't commit. In Long's case, it was 44 years for the 1976 rape of 54-year-old widow...

She Got Life in Prison— Until Racist Emails Emerged

Frances Choy was convicted of killing her parents

(Newser) - An Asian American woman who spent 17 years in prison is going free partly because of racist emails about her, BuzzFeed reports. Frances Choy, 34, who was convicted in 2003 of killing her parents in a Massachusetts house fire got life behind bars—but a judge vacated her conviction last...

WNBA Star Marries Man She Helped Free After Wrongful Conviction

Maya Moore, Jonathan Irons get their happily ever after

(Newser) - Basketball star Maya Moore has married Jonathan Irons, the Missouri man she helped work to free from prison after a 22-year-old wrongful conviction, the AP reports. Moore, 31, and Irons, 40, appeared together on Good Morning America Wednesday to discuss their social justice efforts—and their relationship. Moore revealed that...

A Wrongful Conviction Makes Headlines in China

Zhang Yuhuan's 27 years in prison make for the longest-known wrongful conviction

(Newser) - China's longest-serving wrongfully convicted inmate is now a free man, some 27 years after he was imprisoned for a crime he long maintained he did not commit. Zhang Yuhuan alleged police tortured him into admitting he killed two young boys who were his neighbors in 1993, and a high...

Cops Wrongly Claimed He Killed His Wife. Now They'll Pay

Russell Faria, to be awarded $2M, has a suspect in mind

(Newser) - A Missouri sheriff's department has reportedly reached a $2 million settlement with a man who spent three years in prison for his wife's murder before his conviction was overturned. An insurance company will cover the payment to a "thrilled" Russell Faria, according to his lawyers, one of...

Child Bride's Wrongful Conviction Suit Could Alter a Nation

Rani Bibi urging Pakistan to compensate victims of miscarriages of justice, like herself

(Newser) - A child bride wrongfully convicted of killing her husband—a crime for which she spent 19 years behind bars—is suing the Pakistani authorities she says are responsible for "ruining" her youth. Rani Babi was only 14 when she was sentenced to life for the murder of her husband,...

Judge Agrees With Star Who Sat Out for Justice

Court throws out 1997 convictions of Maya Moore's family friend

(Newser) - Maya Moore has always been known for hitting the big shot on the grandest stage. She just got the biggest assist of her career. A judge on Monday overturned the 1997 burglary and assault convictions of Jonathon Irons, a Missouri man whose case has been championed by the WNBA star...

They Served 36 Years for a Murder They Didn't See

Prosecutors say key facts weren't presented at 1984 trial

(Newser) - Three Maryland men sentenced to life in prison for murder as teenagers were exonerated Monday after serving 36 years in prison. "On behalf of the criminal justice system, and I'm sure this means very little to you gentlemen, I'm going to apologize," a Baltimore Circuit Court...

Cleared After 35 Years in Prison, She'll Collect $3M

Cathy Woods was the longest wrongfully incarcerated woman in the US

(Newser) - A woman who spent 35 years in prison for a Nevada murder she didn't commit will get $3 million in a partial settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit. Cathy Woods, 68, will continue to seek additional damages from the city of Reno and former detectives she accuses of...

Man Freed 17 Years After Real Shooter Confessed

John Miller spent 22 years in prison

(Newser) - A Philadelphia man who spent more than two decades behind bars for a murder he didn't commit is a free man—17 years after another man confessed to the crime. John Miller was released Wednesday after 22 years in prison, the AP reports. Surrounded by family outside the State...

Rape Kit Leads to DNA Match ... and Devastating Mix-Up

James Chad-Lewis Clay was convicted, but turned out to be the victim's old boyfriend

(Newser) - In 2015, one of the 11,000 untested rape kits that had been discovered in a Detroit police warehouse was sent out for testing and returned a DNA match. James Chad-Lewis Clay was arrested, charged, convicted, and by 2017 had been sentenced to 25 to 50 years behind bars for...

Judge: Inmate Who Served 28 Years Didn't Commit Crime

Corey Atchison was sentenced to life in 1991

(Newser) - A judge on Tuesday freed an Oklahoma inmate who has served nearly three decades in prison for a 1991 killing, saying he did not commit the crime. Corey Atchison, 48, was released Tuesday by Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes, who said she believes a key prosecution witness was coerced...

Man Who Spent 12 Years Wrongfully Imprisoned Gunned Down

Cedric Willis was freed in 2006

(Newser) - Cedric Willis was wrongfully convicted of murder and armed robbery, and spent a dozen years wrongfully imprisoned in Mississippi. He was freed in 2006, with the help of the New Orleans Innocence Project and DNA evidence that exonerated him, but just 13 years later, the 44-year-old was murdered. Willis was...

Media Swarm as Amanda Knox Returns to Italy

She'll speak on 'trial by media' at Saturday conference

(Newser) - Amanda Knox is facing her fears . The former exchange student who was convicted, then acquitted, of killing roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007 stepped foot in that country Thursday for the first time since her release from prison eight years ago, per NBC News . The 31-year-old journalist will "...

Convicted of Murder as a Teen, at 62 He Finally Gets Justice

Judge vacates Keith Bush's murder conviction

(Newser) - Keith Bush was convicted of murdering a 14-year-old girl when he was 17. The New York man spent 33 years in prison before being released on lifetime parole in 2007. On Wednesday, a judge vacated the now 62-year-old Bush's conviction, acknowledging that it was tainted because prosecutors didn't...

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...

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,...

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...

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