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Wrongfully convicted man spent 20 years in prison, now exonerated

Our judicial system contains a number of different checks and balances designed to protect the innocent and prevent them from being wrongly convicted. Sometimes, however, the system breaks down for various reasons and innocent people in California and elsewhere in the nation are convicted on false allegations of sexual assault, rape or even murder. The case of a man who was recently exonerated in Chicago illustrates this point, as well as the importance of having legal professionals who believe in your cause who are willing to fight for your freedom.

After serving 20 years of a 60 year prison sentence for a crime he did not commit, the man was released from jail and recently presented with a certificate of innocence. The man was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in 1986; he was just 26 at the time. In 1997 the man got in touch with the Innocence Project to help him with his case. It was determined in 2000 that a DNA sample taken from the alleged victim did not match that of the convicted man; still it took another 13 years for all of the felony charges to finally be dropped and the man’s name to be cleared entirely.

Anyone who is facing allegations or convictions for sex crimes that they did not commit could benefit from consulting with criminal defense attorney. Having someone examine the evidence from a fresh perspective or using new technologies could pave the way to get the charges dropped or the conviction overturned.

Source: Lake County News-Sun, “Convicted man presented with certificate of innocence,” News-Sun Staff Reporter, Sep. 25, 2013.

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