Jails / Prisons : Yet Again?!! Black Man Released After 45 Years In Prison Found Innocent

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  1. Chinelo

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    http://articles.philly.com/2011-01-...kens-thomas-edith-connor-court-orders-release

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    After spending more than 45 years in prison, 82-year-old Louis Mickens-Thomas will be released Tuesday, thanks to a federal court order.

    Mickens-Thomas was convicted of the 1964 murder of Edith Connor, 12, largely on the testimony of a crime-lab worker who was later discredited. The former owner of a shoe-repair shop has steadfastly maintained his innocence.

    A team of lawyers, activists, and scientists has claimed for years that Mickens-Thomas might have been wrongly convicted. An Inquirer story in November documented many of those claims while focusing on the scientific evidence.

    On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that Mickens-Thomas could be released from Graterford Prison as soon as his lawyers demonstrated they could find suitable housing for him.

    "We've already found that," said James McCloskey, a longtime champion of Mickens-Thomas' who heads Centurion Ministries, a Princeton group devoted to helping exonerate the wrongly convicted.

    McCloskey said Mickens-Thomas will live with his nephew Calvin Mickens and his wife in the Poconos town of Tobyhanna.

    Mickens, 62, a retired security officer, said someone from the parole board came to his home Friday and informed him that Mickens-Thomas would be released Tuesday.

    "He's my uncle, and I want to do what I can to help him," said Mickens, who believes his uncle is innocent.

    Mickens-Thomas has never officially been exonerated, but his conviction was commuted in 1995 by then-Gov. Robert P. Casey Sr. The Pennsylvania Parole Board refused to let him out until 2004, when the same federal appeals court first ordered his release.

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    This is a shame. Another travesty in justice.
     
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