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VA: Petition claims DNA proves innocence of Virginia man sentenced to 100 years for 1990 rape of 10-year-old girl

[Richmond Times-Dispatch]

DNA proves a Virginia Beach man is innocent of the brutal 1990 rape of a 10-year-old girl who now doubts her courtroom identification of him as the assailant, contends a petition filed with the Virginia Supreme Court.

________, 45, convicted of rape, abduction, forcible sodomy and malicious wounding by a jury in 1991 and sentenced to 100 years in prison, has maintained his innocence, according to his lawyers with the Innocence Project at the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

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  1. Yeah Right

    In perpetual (& connected & corrupt) group therapy, i am being taught to always believe the victim, unless the defendant passes a polygraph. I’m not even kidding. Gotta love NY.

    • Sam

      Michigan has a law about that. You’re not allowed to use any evidence that may discredit the victim. Aka you cannot use any evidence in your defense and all versions of the victims reports will be seen as the truth regardless how much they don’t make sense, clash, or can be proven as falsities with the evidence they will not allow you to submit.

      And for therapy you must admit to the crime you are convicted of even if it was for a plea agreement otherwise they will not allow you out of the therapy. This admission goes in your probation file and forwarded to your police file for later use. I didn’t notice until I changed states that there were thing on my file that were just completely false but I could not change due to them being part of the “truthful” reports.

      • Yeah Right

        Sam “otherwise they will not allow you out of the therapy“ ??Hahahaha. Does Not matter what you admit or how well you do. 7 years of probation means 7 full years of group therapy. 10 years means 10 years. Some obviously mentally ill men with multiple convictions only have 5 years. Either way, therapy does not end until one’s probation ends. A few guys are ready to jump off of a bridge. And btw yes, I do believe that a victim should be believed, until or if their facts are legitimately disproven.

        • Sam

          Some guys were “graduated out” of the therapy I was in before their parole or probation finished. But this was because they paid for their therapy in advance. For those of us who had a hard time coming up with 35 dollars twice a week we had to stay til the end.

          Yes victims should be believed, but making it impossible to prove your innocence shouldn’t be a thing. If you get convicted off of nothing more than someone’s word and you can disprove it there is something legitimately wrong.

          Like the guys I knew in highschool who had been sent to jail after they dumped their gfs. They had gone away out of spite of their exs who were the same age as them.

  2. CR

    Presumed guilty until proven innocent. Isn’t that the rule? For us, at least?

  3. Not Really

    Every time law enforcement runs DNA through CODIS the negative results of cold hits should be posted to the registry listing.

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