A judge signed an order Thursday freeing a man from prison where he had spent 22 years after being wrongfully convicted of the brutal rape of a 25-year-old woman.
The nonprofit Innocence Project and prosecutors from the Bronx district attorney's office had asked for Newton's 1985 conviction to be vacated based on recent testing on a rape kit used for the woman after the incident.
Newton, now 44, was convicted of raping the woman in an abandoned Bronx building in June 1984. He was sentenced in 1985 to up to 40 years in prison.
In 1994 he filed a motion asking that new DNA testing be conducted, but the request was denied because the evidence was unavailable, the Innocence Project and prosecutors wrote in papers filed to the court.
The result "conclusively excludes" Newton as the assailant, according to the papers.
TheSunseeker From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2300 times:
Speak to some people in South Africa. After they rape a girl its easier to kill her as well, because you might only get another few months extra. Now thats why death penalty might help. But lets not even go there...
Good he will be released, even if he's lose so many years of his life! Hope he gets rehab
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AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2216 times:
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 8): Just what in the flying fuck does this have to do with president since this case was originally adjudicated in 1984??? Get a life.
Glad this man is free, and hopefully, as science improves, as technology improves, we will eliminate this from occuring in the future. . . sire wish he could get his 22 years back . . .
Agreed with your comments but can you just imagine re-entering the real world after twenty-two years?
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Yep, and what isn't his fault is probably Bill Clinton's.
StarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3333 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2198 times:
Quoting Rolfen (Reply 4): Perfect justice just doesnt exist in this world.
This is the one of the arguments which is very valid against the death penalty. I have heard the quote that it is better to let 100 guilty men walk than to allow 1 innocent person to be a victim of the death penalty. Killing an innocent person has got to be one of the worst things imaginable for the alleged felon. Fortunately for this guy he can get out and continue his life.
I also have a question for any lawyers or law majors? Since this guy has been convicted of rape could he track down this person and actually do it without penalty (similar to what happens in the movie double jeopardy) or would this be wiped from his record. (This is just hypothetical and by no means means anythig its just a simple law related question I have regarding something like this)