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Falsely Accused of Rape, Former High School Football Star Finally Cleared [video]

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — After a decade, it was the judgment that Brian Banks and his lawyers from the California Innocence Project fought for: Case dismissed.

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  1. Q

    This makes me wonder how many more people are rotting in prisons because of false accusations.

    • Michael

      Depending on who is estimating, one estimate suggests 10% of everyone sentenced to prison each year is innocent. At least 4% of all people who receive the death penalty are innocent. The Innocence Project estimates 2.3% to 5% of all US prisoners are innocent. Also suggested is that 2% to 8% are behind bars for crimes they did not commit due to pressure to accept pleas because of a insidious phenomenon called the “trial penalty” which dissuades many defendants from exercising their right to trial.


  2. Robert Curtis

    The damage to his life can not be calculated.

  3. Nicholas Maietta

    The video was published in 2012. That was 5 years ago. The girl got 1.5 Million from the school for the false rape allegation and is serving no time after this guy got cleared. Where is the Justice? Expect to see more girls cry rape as it’s quite profitable with no punishments.

    • we suffer quiet lives of desperation

      He should (strongly) sue her for the 1.5 mil and then sue the school for 1.5 mil for pain and suffering and lost education and benefits…

      • Timmmy

        The school sued her in return. They got a judgement of 2.5 million. I guess she squandered the money as she is now living in public housing with her children (no father around of course).
        The ONLY reason he was able to get the conviction reversed is because he got only five years of jail time, plus five years of supervision upon his release. He got to to her admit she made it up while he recorded it.

        At this point, I am not even sure why she has not been prosecuted.

        • There is a statute of limitations in effect here for her

          Prosecute here for what? False statement and testimony? I am not completely sure, but believe there is a statute of limitations on those and it is well beyond that window for the DA.

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