Rape conviction reversed; Long Beach football star exonerated

LONG BEACH — A man convicted of rape nine years ago walked out of court Thursday an innocent man. Brian Banks, a promising football star at Long Beach Poly High with a scholarship offer from USC, had his 2003 conviction reversed by Long Beach Superior Court Judge Mark Kim after the victim in the case recanted. Nine years in the making, Banks’ battle to be exonerated lasted less than 30 seconds in court. It took only moments for the District Attorney’s office to “concede the matter” and Banks was no longer a convicted criminal.

Long Beach Press Telegram: http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_20699928/updated-rape-conviction-vacated-long-beach-football-star

LA Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/05/former-high-school-football-standout-exonerated-in-rape-case.html

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