Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction
Anthony Woods was behind bars for 18 years. Add his name to the growing list of innocent defendants who were convicted and sentenced on the basis of a mistaken identification.
A DNA test this week proved that Woods was "actually innocent" and "did not perpetrate the crimes for which he was convicted and sentenced to 25 years," according to an order clearing Woods that was signed Thursday by St. Louis Circuit Judge Donald McCullin.
Woods was paroled from the rape sentence in 2002, so the belated recognition of his innocence won't lead to his release from prison. It does release him from parole conditions and the possibility of further incarceration for parole violations. And it clears his name, which has value. But is that enough?
[H]is former public defender asks, "How do you make up for 20-some years? How do you make up for that?"
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