22 Years for a Rape He Didn't Commit
Alan Newton will leave a New York jail after being imprisoned for 22 years for a rape DNA has shown he didn't commit. What took so long? New York police kept insisting there was no DNA to test. The Innocence Project took up his case and got a DA to find the evidence the police insisted didn't exist:
The rape kit, it turned out, was in its original storage bin from 1984, Barrel No. 22, in the same police warehouse that the authorities said they had searched at least three times since Mr. Newton first asked in 1994.
The long-delayed DNA tests proved the innocence of Mr. Newton, who had refused to participate in a sex-offender treatment program in prison, ruining his chance for an earlier parole. He plans to come to court today dressed in one of the suits he wore to work half his lifetime ago.
17 more inmates in New York are facing the same dilemna. With viable claims of innocence, police say they can't find evidence to test.
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