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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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 "... More »

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... More »

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 »

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