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Ohio man wins $45M after 20-year wrongful imprisonment​

Jared Gans
Tue, November 22, 2022 at 1:59 PM·2 min read

An Ohio man was awarded $45 million after he won a civil lawsuit against a local police department for being wrongfully imprisoned for more than 20 years.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that Dean Gillispie sued the police department for Miami Township, located in southwestern Ohio, and a former detective over suppression of evidence and tainting of eyewitness identifications, which he argued led to his conviction for rape and kidnapping in 1991.

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Man Gets $45M for 20 Years in Prison While Innocent​

Steve Lehto
Nov 23, 2022


It happened in Ohio and it might be a record.
13 mins 7 secs
 
I'm a little cautious about jumping up and down on this.

He has his story, and the jury bought it. A jury is holding Alex Jones liable for BILLIONS for ONE misstatement, not even malicious.

Jurors aren't solons. (Not even when they're from Solon, which BTW is in Ohio).

It could be a defense assertion; it could be a mischaracterizing of police action, or it could even be that the defendant was guilty, even in spite of police misconduct. Anyone remember Billy Ayers? "Guilty as hell; free as a bird. Is this a great country, or what?"
 
Anyone remember Billy Ayers?


The 60's were a neat time to grow up in. All sorts of stuff going on. Race riots, Vietnam, protests against the war, bra burning, draft card burning, turn on - tune in -drop out, cool cars, hijacking planes to Cuba, defections, cold war, uhf tv channels, great music, some of the best shortwave radio listening ever and more.
 

The 60's were a neat time to grow up in. All sorts of stuff going on. Race riots, Vietnam, protests against the war, bra burning, draft card burning, turn on - tune in -drop out, cool cars, hijacking planes to Cuba, defections, cold war, uhf tv channels, great music, some of the best shortwave radio listening ever and more.
A lot of really destructive crap, too.

The SDS and Weathermen, were nearly as crazy as Antifa and BLM are, now. Ayers was thick in that...and if the aim was to embarrass the Establishment, it worked - if not fairly.

Kent State came back to haunt Gov. James Rhodes for the rest of his life. Not for wrongdoing, but for his poor instinct there. One of the best governors Ohio had, he did exactly the wrong thing at that time; he planned to keep Kent open at gunpoint, rather than close as the SDS wanted. To do that, and to make a visual impact, he used the Ohio National Guard. Which happened to be untrained in riot control (Ohio Highway Patrol was in fact trained and equipped) and the ONG had been deployed a month in a violent Teamsters truckers' strike.

They were fatigued, untrained, trigger-happy...an accident waiting to happen, which did happen. The accident was (by my research) five Guardsmen who'd had enough and were working on private signals, ignoring commanders' orders. Two of them were misreading their leader's signals and dropped to a firing position, TWICE, in the three minutes prior to the actual volley into the protest crowd.

So the Leftist-sympathetic press had a field day lambasting Rhodes for the next five years - for (they insinuated) ordering the shooting. And all of it could have been avoided by shutting down the school and administratively expelling the entire student body, and involved professors.

But that was the chaos. To say NOTHING of Johnson's Splendid Little War, with My Lai, Laos, Cambodia...and Nixon picking up where Johnson didn't have the time (from his fornicating). Proving for the first time, the literal truth of the Political Elites' Uniparty.

Thanks. I'd rather have the 1980s.
 
I have a friend here in Ohio going through similar shit right now. I'm dumbfounded as to how his SS number was attached to a warrant for his arrest. Pretrial is Thursday and no one wants to hear they got the wrong guy. Not even his lawyer. To top things off his case is marked secret so not even his lawyer can have access to it to defend him. It's the most bizarre thing I have ever heard of. If this can happen to him it can happen to anyone and that's frightening.
 
I have a friend here in Ohio going through similar shit right now. I'm dumbfounded as to how his SS number was attached to a warrant for his arrest. Pretrial is Thursday and no one wants to hear they got the wrong guy. Not even his lawyer. To top things off his case is marked secret so not even his lawyer can have access to it to defend him. It's the most bizarre thing I have ever heard of. If this can happen to him it can happen to anyone and that's frightening.
You'll need to update your avatar :)
 

Man found innocent after nearly 25 years in prison​

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Tennessee man is free after spending nearly a quarter of a century in prison.

Last week, the state said it would not re-prosecute Wayne Burgess after a judge overturned his conviction. Since 1999, Burgess has been sitting behind bars for a crime he said he didn’t commit.

“I said, ‘What in the world am I doing here?’ You know, because I was raised to do the right thing and I would do the right thing, and so I said, ‘How did I end up in a place like this?’ People just didn’t believe, didn’t believe me at first,” Burgess told News 2.

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Court throws out conviction after judge says Black man 'looks like a criminal to me'​

DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court on Thursday overturned the drug conviction of a Black man, saying his rights were violated by a Detroit federal judge who was upset over delays in the case and declared: “This guy looks like a criminal to me.”

“Such remarks are wholly incompatible with the fair administration of justice,” the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III, who is white, apologized nearly two years later when the case against Leron Liggins finally was ready for trial. He explained that he was mad at the time “and I regret it.”

Nonetheless, the appeals court said Murphy should have removed himself as Liggins' attorney had requested. The court threw out a heroin distribution conviction and 10-year prison sentence and ordered a new trial with a different judge.

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I wonder what Trump will get when all this shit clears?
 

Man Compensated After Being Wrongly Imprisoned for 21 Years​

Sep 18, 2023


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The evidence against him appears to have been quite thin.
 

'The truth has finally set him free.': Man released after serving 28 years for crime he didn't commit​

A man who was sentence to life in prison at the age of 18 for a crime he didn't commit has been freed after serving 28 years.

Gerardo Cabanillas was convicted of robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault in 1995 based on what the California Innocence Project called in a post "bad eyewitness identifications, a false confession and police misconduct."

The California Innocence Project, a nonprofit that focuses on freeing wrongfully convicted people from prison, worked in tandem with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office to revisit the case and work towards an exoneration for Cabanillas, who had maintained his innocence throughout the criminal proceedings.

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