The Exoneration Files

Lost_in_the_HTTP

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There have been more of these lately than I can count. This is why executions need to be stopped once and for all, forever.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After serving 30 years of a life sentence in Tennessee for the fire that killed his girlfriend, a 65-year-old man has been declared innocent and released from prison.

Claude Garrett, 65, was released Tuesday from Riverbend prison in Nashville after a judge vacated his murder conviction and a prosecutor dismissed all charges against him, news outlets reported.

“Garrett has shown actual innocence,” Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins ruled.

Garrett was convicted in 1992 of killing his girlfriend, Lorie Lee Lance, 24, who died of smoke inhalation in the Nashville home they shared.

Investigators at the time believed they found evidence that he set the blaze, but fire science has improved in the last 30 years, and a filing by prosecutors last year said they no longer believe the fire was intentionally set.

After an investigation found multiple alternate theories explaining how the fire could have started accidentally, the Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office requested that his conviction be vacated. The original conviction was “based on outdated investigative methods and baseless conclusions,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the office.

Overturning the case took years and was successful after an “extensive collaborative investigation" by prosecutors and the Tennessee Innocence Project, the statement said.


 

Lost_in_the_HTTP

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Post 'em when you find 'em. But if you post a case here, let's only do complete and total exoneration/vindication. It didn't happen, or the accused was not involved. Let's not do questionable cases overturned on technicalities that might be subject to retrials.

There's another whole category of people that did bad things but were coerced into confessing to something else that probably doesn't belong here either.
 

dainthomas

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There was a guy who actually got executed because of some pseudo-science BS spouted by a quack fire investigator.
 
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dawp

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dainthomas

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is this the one
Yep. I remember reading a magazine article about this. Had a picture of the guy in his cell not long before he was killed. Heartbreaking.
 

zinfamous

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Yep. I remember reading a magazine article about this. Had a picture of the guy in his cell not long before he was killed. Heartbreaking.
"Smart-glasses" Rick Perry was like "I don't give a fuck about justice, go ahead and kill this innocent guy."

Complete dirt bag.
 

Lezunto

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There may have been 20 innocent prisoners who were executed, according to one anti -death penalty organization. (Link provided).

But some others might have died while awaiting the overturning of their wrongful convictions.

The Cameron Todd Willingham case is included in the deathpenalty dot org's tally.

Innocent prisoners who might have been executed
 

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