TX: Man wrongfully convicted of molesting a child 30 years ago sues for the impact the case has had on his life

Source: kvue.com 8/31/22

AUSTIN, Texas — A petition was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court to allow Troy Mansfield, the man wrongfully convicted of molesting a child 30 years ago, to sue Williamson County for the impact the case has had on his life.

Then, in 2016, a judge overturned Mansfield’s conviction, ruling that prosecutors had violated his constitutional rights by not disclosing favorable evidence. Mansfield was no longer a convicted felon and was taken off the sex offenders list.

Mansfield then tried to sue the County over the wrongful conviction, leading to the petition with Supreme Court to allow his lawsuit against the County. A response to the petition is expected by the end of September. 

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Best of luck to this man. Hopefully, the DA that prosecuted him would get disbarred as well.

1992 was a big year for wrongful convictions. In the spring of 1992 something similar happened to me. I refused to plea though and the case went to a jury of my peers.

30 years dang, that’s a long time I wonder how much favorable evidence in my case did the DA leave out.

Last edited 6 months ago by AERO1

This county over the last few decades has been notorious for wrongful convictions including murder where the DA hid evidence that would have cleared the person charged with murder. The person served many years in prison. That DA’s actions were reviewed by a judge. I never heard the outcome but I think the DA lost his right to practice in TX. And that person was released from prison and declared not guilty.

Wrongful arson cases and the 80’s child devil worship cases where kids were illegally taken from the parents by the state are among other such cases in this county.

This county is also notorious for online minor sex stings.

Until people who withhold information are held responsible with charges and jail time, instead of becoming a VP, then nothing will change. This will continue, sadly.

If anyone thinks that life on the registry isn’t anything less than a life sentence, they should see this man’s tears and wake up. He may have only served 11 days incarcerated, but it will take a lifetime for the scars of shame to heal for this family.

Many prayers and blessings to them in the years ahead (and I hope they win a large settlement!).