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TN: Man spent 11 years in prison for rape he didn’t commit

NASHVILLE — ____ ____ didn’t rape that 12-year-old girl in March 1999.

It’s a truth he bore for 11 years and three months in a Tennessee prison cell. Few believed him until DNA evidence in 2008 proved he didn’t sexually assault a preteen neighbor. Three more years passed before he was released from prison — and even then he still faced being tried on the charges all over again.

But April 4, in light of the DNA evidence and a wavering victim, prosecutors in Marshall County finally dropped all charges. Full Article

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Another proof of the injustice taking place way too many times. The odds were one in 290 that it was his semen, so what happened to “Beyond a reasonable doubt”. It is very scary that only one person’s word holds that much power to ruin somebody else’s life. Disgusting.

This is another tragedy made possible by this country’s belief that incarceration is the answer to all this nations ills. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that most people that visit this site are aware of the fact that the USA has 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the worlds prisoners. The point being; is it any wonder that so many innocent people get caught up in the mass incarceration hysteria that has swept this land? Here in the USA people get locked up for years for things that are not considered a crime in most of… Read more »

Another sad story of injustice, but luckily, eventually the charges were dismissed. That is horrible it took so long. My husband was convicted by a jury six years after news and media coverage surely swayed their opinion. He was convicted of Attempted Aggravated Rape of a 23 year old female even though the DNA proved he did NOT do it. The Sullivan County, TN’s DA’s office simply dropped the charge from Rape to Attempted Rape since the alleged victim had been murdered in an alleged drug deal gone wrong in a neighboring county by a man that took the Alford… Read more »

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