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    Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison

    Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison

    The exoneration, first reported by the Daily News, comes amid scrutiny of Brooklyn prosecutors' process for reviewing questionable convictions, scrutiny that comes partly from the new district attorney, Kenneth Thompson. He said in a statement that after a months-long review, he decided to drop the case against Fleming because of "key alibi facts that place Fleming in Florida at the time of the murder."

    From the start, Fleming told authorities he had been in Orlando when a friend, Darryl "Black" Rush, was shot to death in Brooklyn early on Aug. 15, 1989. Authorities suggested the shooting was motivated by a dispute over money.


    Fleming had plane tickets, videos and postcards from his trip, said his lawyers, Anthony Mayol and Taylor Koss. But prosecutors at the time suggested he could have made a quick round-trip plane jaunt to be in New York, and a woman testified that she had seen him shoot Rush. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison and was due to have his first parole hearing soon.
    I have to wonder when prosecutors and judges that send men to jail for 20+ years on bs evidence will be tried for their abuses of the legal system? When will police officers who shoot unarmed suspects be tried for AT LEAST some sort negligence? As time goes by - we will see more and more of these wrongful convictions. This is no longer a situation of a few people being wrongfully convicted. This has now become a statistic. Thousands of people have been exonerated - there are still tens of thousands who may have served their sentences even though they were innocent. The prison complex is one that 1% of the country's population passes through every year. We must start taking measures the ensure innocents don't have to go through it.
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    Re: Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison

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    Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison



    I have to wonder when prosecutors and judges that send men to jail for 20+ years on bs evidence will be tried for their abuses of the legal system? When will police officers who shoot unarmed suspects be tried for AT LEAST some sort negligence? As time goes by - we will see more and more of these wrongful convictions. This is no longer a situation of a few people being wrongfully convicted. This has now become a statistic. Thousands of people have been exonerated - there are still tens of thousands who may have served their sentences even though they were innocent. The prison complex is one that 1% of the country's population passes through every year. We must start taking measures the ensure innocents don't have to go through it.
    Or that one person gets 15 years for possession of 10 pounds of marijuana while a guy who rapes his toddler gets none.
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    Or that one person gets 15 years for possession of 10 pounds of marijuana while a guy who rapes his toddler gets none.
    Now, the man with the marijuana, that is a man I understand.

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    Re: Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I have to wonder when prosecutors and judges that send men to jail for 20+ years on bs evidence will be tried for their abuses of the legal system? When will police officers who shoot unarmed suspects be tried for AT LEAST some sort negligence? As time goes by - we will see more and more of these wrongful convictions. This is no longer a situation of a few people being wrongfully convicted. This has now become a statistic. Thousands of people have been exonerated - there are still tens of thousands who may have served their sentences even though they were innocent. The prison complex is one that 1% of the country's population passes through every year. We must start taking measures the ensure innocents don't have to go through it.
    Still too many people simply don't want to know how many people are wrongfully convicted.
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    Re: Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    Or that one person gets 15 years for possession of 10 pounds of marijuana while a guy who rapes his toddler gets none.
    10 pounds is a ****load of marijuana though.
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    Re: Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison



    I have to wonder when prosecutors and judges that send men to jail for 20+ years on bs evidence will be tried for their abuses of the legal system? When will police officers who shoot unarmed suspects be tried for AT LEAST some sort negligence? As time goes by - we will see more and more of these wrongful convictions. This is no longer a situation of a few people being wrongfully convicted. This has now become a statistic. Thousands of people have been exonerated - there are still tens of thousands who may have served their sentences even though they were innocent. The prison complex is one that 1% of the country's population passes through every year. We must start taking measures the ensure innocents don't have to go through it.
    There need to be more severe and more consistently applied penalties to prosecutors and police who deliberately withhold information and unethically pursue prosecutions.

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    Re: Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison

    No justice system is going to be perfect. Innocent people are going to be wrongly convicted. That being said it would be far less likely to happen should prosecutors and police be less worried about getting a conviction and more worried about getting the right person convicted justly.
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    Re: Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison

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    Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison



    I have to wonder when prosecutors and judges that send men to jail for 20+ years on bs evidence will be tried for their abuses of the legal system? When will police officers who shoot unarmed suspects be tried for AT LEAST some sort negligence? As time goes by - we will see more and more of these wrongful convictions. This is no longer a situation of a few people being wrongfully convicted. This has now become a statistic. Thousands of people have been exonerated - there are still tens of thousands who may have served their sentences even though they were innocent. The prison complex is one that 1% of the country's population passes through every year. We must start taking measures the ensure innocents don't have to go through it.
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    Re: Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison

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    In Texas he wouldn't have to worry about being compensated. He would be dead by now.
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    Re: Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison

    Sounds like another case of false eyewitness identification. The outrage against this case is justified, but there are steps being taken to prevent this type of this from happening again. The Innocence Project is one source of suppot for people already falsely imprisoned. There has been an extraordinary amount of research done in the last 20 years regarding eyewitness reliability/validity and the use of experts on such testimony are more frequently used in court now. This research has also been influencing police protocols regarding identification procedures.

    The professor I worked under in graduate school was an expert witness in these types of cases (among others) so I got to help him prepare his testimonies. It is amazing what you see what some officers do and disregard when reading through the case files.
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