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Old 01-03-2008, 03:47 PM   #1
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DNA evidence frees man after 27 years

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DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man wrongly imprisoned since 1981 is free after a judge recommended overturning his 1981 aggravated sexual assault conviction.

With several of his eight siblings cheering his release, 47-year-old Charles Chatman was released on his own recognizance after serving nearly 27 years of a 99-year sentence.

That made Chatman the longest imprisoned inmate of 15 from Dallas County to be cleared by DNA testing. The 15 is the most of any county in the nation. In all, at least 30 Texas inmates have been cleared by DNA testing, according to the Innocence Project. That's the most of any state in the nation.
He was accused of raping a woman. DNA from her vaginal swabs was found not to be his, ultimately.

Lucky he wasn't on death row....or those other 29 fellas....
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I love stories detailing Texas justice...or injustice, sorry. It does not surprise me that Texas leads the league in wrongful imprisonments overturned. But, at least they are getting overturned.

Few things scare or impact me as much as being wrongfully imprisoned. I cannot imagine the mental frustration that must come with that. It's one of many reasons I'm so violently anti-death penalty.

I wonder how the victim's family feels, thinking the right man was caught all these years.
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For those who are pro-death penalty ... read up.
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The guy was found guilty. end of story

why is he out?

how many guilty guys get found innocent??

a lot!!!


the prosecution does not get a second chance (double jeopardy)

why should the defense?

it all evens out
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In all, at least 30 Texas inmates have been cleared by DNA testing, according to the Innocence Project.
The Innocence Project

This group, which has been around for 15 years now, does some great work; more than 200 wrongfully convicted Americans, including 15 on Death Row, have been exonerated through post-conviction DNA testing as a result of their efforts. Their website has a good overview of the most common causes of wrongful convictions, as well as a large database of exoneration case profiles.
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I read a really good story in the New York Times a few weeks ago about a man who'd been wrongly imprisoned and freed after ... 17, 18 years, something like that? It was just heartbreaking reading about this guy trying to make his way back into the world, and how his imprisonment had affected him and his family.
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I'd love to hear AtomicBono's take on this.
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The guy was found guilty. end of story

why is he out?

how many guilty guys get found innocent??

a lot!!!


the prosecution does not get a second chance (double jeopardy)

why should the defense?

it all evens out
Please tell me you're not serious Just because guilty people get away with it, it's ok to leave innocent people in jail? It seems you're saying that as long as the numbers even out, it's ok.

Maybe it should be a case of the double jeopardy laws being overturned or re-written so that the prosecution can retry people, rather than the defense losing the right to have convictions overturned, especially in cases where there is solid proof that the person is innocent.
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Please tell me you're not serious Just because guilty people get away with it, it's ok to leave innocent people in jail? It seems you're saying that as long as the numbers even out, it's ok.

Maybe it should be a case of the double jeopardy laws being overturned or re-written so that the prosecution can retry people, rather than the defense losing the right to have convictions overturned, especially in cases where there is solid proof that the person is innocent.
I'm pretty sure he's being sarcastic.
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somebody needs to make the counter argument

we all can't just sit here in a circle jerk

I haven't looked up a picture of this Charles Chatman

his name kind of sounds like he could in a group that has a higher propensity to commit crimes


and besides when has sound logic ever been a requirement
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there's something gravely wrong with the US and imprisonment.
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Re: DNA evidence frees man after 27 years

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Lucky he wasn't on death row....or those other 29 fellas....
Exactly my thoughts....
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