Jails / Prisons : DNA Frees Man After 27 Years In Prison

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    After 27 Years In Prison, New DNA Evidence Sets Va. Man Free

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    Thomas Haynesworth greets his great niece, Da'Niya Haynesworth, 4, at his mother's home.

    Back in 1984, when Thomas Haynesworth was 18, he set out to buy some groceries for his mother. A woman, who had been attacked days before, sought a police officer and told him Haynesworth was the one who did it.

    Eventually five women identified him as the attacker and Haynesworth spent the next 27 years in prison.

    The Root reports on what happened next:

    In 2005, in the wake of the exonerations of five other wrongly convicted men, then-Virginia governor Mark R. Warner (D) ordered a sweeping review of thousands of criminal cases from 1973 through 1988. Haynesworth's was among them. Using technology that wasn't available in the 1980s, authorities tested DNA collected from a January 1984 rape for which Haynesworth was convicted. The results cleared him and implicated a convicted rapist named Leon Davis.

    The state of Virginia released Haynesworth, now 46, yesterday. He's a free man but the courts still have to clear his name.

    Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement that he supported Haynesworth and wanted not just to free him but to clear his name.

    "I believe in Mr. Haynesworth's innocence," Cuccinelli said. "And I will continue to work toward a complete vindication."

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    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/22/134767305/after-27-years-in-prison-new-dna-evidence-sets-va-man-free
     
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    Maria need her butt whooped for writing this mess. :bam:
     
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    Lawd a-mercy.....This just makes me wanna cry....from 18 to 46...

    I think about where and what I was doing in 1984 and him going to prison at 18.


    "Makes me wanna holla."
     
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