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Panaca Woman’s Murder Conviction Overturned

Kirstin Blaise Lobato has been exonerated after being convicted of murder and serving nearly 16 years in prison.

A former Panaca resident, Kirstin Blaise Lobato, has been exonerated after being convicted of murder and serving nearly 16 years in prison.

KLAS-TV in Las Vegas reported this week that she has been transferred from a state women’s correctional facility to the Clark County Detention Center and is still serving another year for sexual misconduct with another prisoner in 2007, although that may be overturned as well.

As reported by KLAS, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson says he does believe Lobato is guilty of the murder charge, “because 24 jurors, two separate groups of 12, listened to the evidence and the facts and circumstances and found her guilty.”

But Wolfson also said the district attorney’s office was not going to pursue the case further and asked

Read more at: http://www.lccentral.com/2018/01/10/panaca-womans-murder-conviction-overturned/

Released from prison after overturned conviction, Wilbert Jones adjusts to freedom after 45 years

Wilbert Jones is back in a world he hasn’t known since he was 19 years old.

A refrigerator is still an ice box. Escalators are foreign machines. Frozen dinners taste “amazing.” Swiping a plastic card for payment takes practice.

But with the support of his family, Jones, 65, is slowly figuring out 21st-century Baton Rouge after almost 46 years in prison for a conviction that has since been overturned.

“It’s a whole new journey, a new experience for me,” Jones said. “It’s been almost 50 years, everything’s so different.”

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Jones was convicted of aggravated rape in 1974 and sentenced to life in prison, but in November, a state district judge ruled that “highly favorable” evidence was withheld from Jones’ defense. That evidence, the judge said, had a “reasonable probability” of changing the original outcome in the case. Prosecutors have appealed that decision — a move opposed

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Man Freed in Wrongful Rape, Robbery Conviction of 1987 Burger …

A Brooklyn man who’s served nearly three decades in prison for a wrongful conviction of a brutal rape and robbery at a Burger King in 1987 has finally been freed.

Mark Denny, 46, was released Wednesday, surrounded by friends and family, including mother Elaine Denny, who had tears flowing down her face as she told reporters, “He’s still my baby. I’m so happy. This is a glorious moment.”

Denny cried, too, as he told of his and family’s long fight. He recalled how his mother lost her house in Brooklyn while trying to finance lawyers to get him out of prison.

“My mom became poor. She was sleeping in the streets and that destroyed me,” he said, tearing up.  

Brooklyn Man Freed After Wrongfully Serving Almost 30 Years in Prison

[NY] Brooklyn Man Freed After Wrongfully Serving Almost 30 Years in Prison

Nina Morrison, senior staff attorney

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Man Freed in Wrongful Rape, Robbery Conviction of 1987 Burger King Case

A Brooklyn man who’s served nearly three decades in prison for a wrongful conviction of a brutal rape and robbery at a Burger King in 1987 has finally been freed.

Mark Denny, 46, was released Wednesday, surrounded by friends and family, including mother Elaine Denny, who had tears flowing down her face as she told reporters, “He’s still my baby. I’m so happy. This is a glorious moment.”

Denny cried, too, as he told of his and family’s long fight. He recalled how his mother lost her house in Brooklyn while trying to finance lawyers to get him out of prison.

“My mom became poor. She was sleeping in the streets and that destroyed me,” he said, tearing up. Denny was 17 when he was arrested.

Brooklyn Man Freed After Wrongfully Serving Almost 30 Years in Prison

[NY] Brooklyn Man Freed After Wrongfully Serving Almost 30 Years in PrisonRead more at: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Prisoner-Exoneration-Wrongful-Conviction-Burger-King-Rape-Robbery-Brooklyn-465440843.html

Prisoner Freed in Wrongful Rape, Robbery Conviction of 1987 Burger King Case

A Brooklyn man who’s served nearly three decades in prison for a wrongful conviction of rape and burglary at a Burger King in 1987 was exonerated and released Wednesday. 

Mark Denny, 46, was released Wednesday, surrounded by friends and family, including mother Elaine Denny, who still lives in Brooklyn and “never lost faith that her son would one day be exonerated,” according to the Innocence Project, the advocacy organization that’s represented him since 2009. 

“Mr. Denny has been waiting for this day for a very long time,
 said Nina Morrison, senior staff attorney for the Innocence Project. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and members of his conviction review unit for recognizing Mr. Denny’s innocence and taking extraordinary steps to right the wrongs that kept Mr. Denny incarcerated for his entire adult life.”

Denny was among the four young men convicted in the

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US Court upholds conviction of man in ‘Making a Murderer’ Netflix documentary

A federal US appeals court has upheld the conviction of Brendan Dassey, the subject of the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer”. 

In 2016 Dassey’s conviction was overturned because a judge ruled his confession had been coerced due to his age – he was just 16 at the time – and that he did not have a guardian present during the questioning. 

The US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision on 8 December and Dassey will continue to serve his life sentence. 

​Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery were convicted in 2007 for the murder of Wisconsin photographer Theresa Halbach two years earlier. 

Dassey confessed that he had helped Avery rape, kill, and burn the body of Ms Halbach. Her remains were found on the Avery family property. 

Hi lawyers went through the state and federal appeals process, arguing he was coerced into confessing and that his IQ was “low to

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/making-a-murderer-netflix-conviction-brendan-dassey-a8101556.html

Detroit man freed after 41 years sues for $168M over 1975 murder conviction

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LaDura Watkins and his attorney, Wolfgang Mueller, talk about his wrongful murder conviction that lost him 42 years of his live in prison.

A man who spent more than four decades in prison for a murder he maintains he didn’t commit has filed a $168-million lawsuit against police and a prosecutor who worked the case in the 1970s, as well as the city of Detroit.

In a 39-page lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday, LaDura Watkins, 62, alleges authorities framed him for the 1975 murder of school teacher Yvette Ingram. In June, Watkins was

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Orleans DA fights to reinstate conviction of man freed after 36 years in 1980 killing

New Orleans prosecutors don’t care if John Floyd stays free. Yet on Monday they nonetheless asked a federal appeals court to reinstate his conviction for a 1980 slashing in the French Quarter.

Floyd left the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in June after 36 years behind bars for the 1980 killing of a Times-Picayune proofreader.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance overturned his conviction, finding that his trial was marred by missing evidence and a dubious confession. Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office agreed to his release from prison pending the outcome of its appeal of Vance’s ruling.

Since then, Floyd has lived inside a donated Winnebago Adventurer on a farm near Lafayette.

Floyd put on a suit Monday and sat in the ornate main courtroom of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments on whether he can continue his peaceful life.

The DA’s Office says Vance overstepped her bounds as a federal judge

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His Rape Conviction Tossed Out, Louisiana Man Is Free After 45 Years

In October, Judge Richard D. Anderson of Louisiana District Court ruled that because important evidence had been withheld from the defense at trial — specifically, that another man who fit the description of the suspect was accused of committing similar crimes in the same area — Mr. Jones’s conviction should be vacated.

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Wilbert Jones, right, embracing William Aquino, a lawyer with Innocence Project New Orleans, on Wednesday.

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Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/louisiana-rape-conviction.html

Baton Rouge man whose rape conviction was overturned to taste freedom after nearly 46 years behind bars

A state judge set a $2,000 bail Tuesday for a 64-year-old Baton Rouge man who has spent nearly 46 years in prison for a rape conviction that the judge recently threw out.

Wilbert Jones, who has been imprisoned for 45 years on a rape conviction that a Baton Rouge state judge recently threw out, could learn Tuesda…

Wilbert Jones, who remained calm throughout the hearing, is expected to be released from prison Wednesday into the waiting arms of family and friends who said they have been praying for this day.

“He already requested gumbo,” Jones’ niece, Wajeedah Jones, said outside the 19th Judicial District Courthouse where District Judge Richard Anderson

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