In the United States have been left for three wrongly convicted men after 36 years of release from prison. A court in Baltimore said the three Black-free, were convicted in the 80s for the murder of a 14-Year-old to life in prison.
The miscarriage of justice is due, according to the state attorney Marilyn Mosby to the "misconduct of the police and the public Prosecutor's office". "We are humble and not angry," says Ransom Watkins after his acquittal. "But it should never have happened and someone will have to pay for it."
In a high school in Baltimore in 1983, was shot and killed a student and his jacket had been stolen. Watkins, Alfred Chestnut and Andrew Stewart, who at the time were 16 and 17 years old, came quickly to the attention of the investigators because they had been seen before the fact at the crime scene and one of the three had an identical jacket as the victim. The mother of the youth was able, however, to submit the receipt of the jacket.
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Four witnesses of the fact, not indicated initially, to recognize the three young people and also have a Protect seen. In the course of the process, the witnesses were, however, being forced by police officers to accuse the 16 - and 17-Year-old, as the prosecution revealed now. The three youths were sentenced to life imprisonment. Later, the witnesses called on your statements.
For the acquittal of the men had used the organization the Innocence Project, dedicated to the investigation of miscarriages of Justice, together with a special unit of the Prosecutor's office. "All who were involved in the case – management of the school, police, prosecutors, judges, the media and the society – judged hasty and obvious evidence left through their tunnel vision problems except Eight," said Shawn Armbrust of the Innocence Project.
state attorney Mosby said the three men had earned "more than an apology". "We owe them a real compensation and I will fight for it." According to the Prosecutor's office of six wrongly convicted people from the prison were released through the work of the investigation unit. (sda/red)
Created: 26.11.2019, 15:49 PM