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UT: Utah man exonerated years after sexual assault conviction

[kutv.com – 9/10/19]

A Utah man is free today, exonerated, after spending years behind bars for a sexual assault he did not commit, according to a judge.

Christopher Wickham, 50, was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault in Salt Lake City in 1997, each a first degree felony. He was imprisoned and placed on the sex offender registry.

Utah Third District Court Judge Royal I. Hansen signed an order today exonerating Wickham, according to the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center.

It said a post-conviction investigation showed “numerous pieces of new evidence proving Mr. Wickham’s innocence.”

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  1. P

    The prosecutor should be imprisoned for the equivalent amount of time and Mr. Wickham should be given $1 million for each year he was in jail. Anything less is unacceptable.

    • Lake County

      The average amount paid is $50,000 per year. However some states pay more and some states you need to file a civil suit against the state and let the court decide.

    • Tim in WI

      I’d been following this story over at wrongful convictions blog for a while. https://wrongfulconvictionsblog.org

      So I will ask to question again. WHO BENEFITS FROM FORGING FELONS FROM THOSE NOT?
      I suspect it is the same folks who benefits from the non movement in MI.
      I sure hope the District Attorney who put him on trial gets disciplined. That rarely happens.

  2. Dustin

    Sad fact that in many states, even if exonerated one remains registered. Here in GA they tell the handful of similarly situated registrants that the conviction is what drives registration. Pardons and exoneration mean absolutely nothing as far as the registry goes because it’s “not punitive.”

    • Will Allen

      These criminal regimes can keep me listed on their hit list. I’ve well proved that is beyond idiotic. I feel like continuing to prove it. The ways I am harming them are “not punitive” either, they are just good retribution, retaliation, and karma. So well deserved. The criminal regimes say it is fine to sacrifice and harm my family because it benefits society overall. I say the same about harming them and everyone who supports them.

      Fact is that a criminal regime could kill me today and they’ll still have lost the War on Registry Terrorists. That literally makes me LOL right now. Puts me in a good, positive mood.

      It is wonderful to bring our hateful country together on 9/11. So appropriate.

  3. JohnDoeUtah

    Worst part is that the Utah Parole Board reviewed the alibi evidence 6 years ago, and all they did was reduce his charges to 3rd Degree Felonies. They didn’t lift a finger to fix the problem and required him to register as a sex offender to boot – knowing he was innocent.

    • Tim in WI

      Utah Joe,
      Man you are right. Since you live in the same state why not champion for the man. Drag the PB & System through the mud for what they’ve done to him. His people will certainly help you share the burden. The political class needs to be held accountable. Especially for their misuses of the databases to secure their political future.

  4. FinallyOffThe Reg

    Good Day Everyone,

    As a weigh-in; this story is both good and frightening.

    Yes, I would argue that those of this Cloth are seen as guilty even before innocence is achieved. Years and years fighting to clear a Name and reputation. Then, years and years trying to restore a reputation.

    In turn I argue that even though its a terrible slog though Mud, WE must fight every single step of the way to protect and preserve and I mean FIGHT one’s reputation. Moreover, this man did that. He worked it through the system, only to have the system say well: “yes but that doesn’t matter” .

    I am so friggin angry at this. I am fighting too. I am fighting against a Regime that still wishes to keep me in their FEDERAL grasp, despite being fully off the State Registry for more than a year after fulfilling the requirement. It’s madness. It’s one mistake a long time ago which gives these entities permission to go so far up my Arse that I have no freedom still. Oh, I have freedom from the “lookup” locally, I have freedom from that. But, I am once and always to “Them” whom they see me as.

    This man is under the same blanket, and it’s terrible. I feel bad for him. I do. But he needs to continue to FIGHT.

    Just my opinion.

  5. concerned citizen

    You know the saddest part about this? The only criminal here is the prosecutor. Thanks to inept judges this process is allowed to continue without any consequences.

    So tragic…

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