On June 10, 2016, Kimberly Long's conviction for murdering her boyfriend was reversed and the Corona, California woman was released from prison on bail.
She is not out of the woods yet; the DA may decide to recharge her.
Among those he contacted was Robert Tendy, then running for Putnam County District Attorney against the DA who prosecuted him. Tendy was elected and took a careful look at the evidence in the case. Haughey's conviction and, in spite of opposition by the New York Attorney General, Mr. After 25 years, Darryl Pinkins of Gary, Indiana has been released from prison.
He was convicted of participating in a gang rape, tagged because he worked with a man whose coveralls were recovered at the crime scene.
Darryl surely understands Keith Harward's statement, that police and prosecutors "weren't looking for the truth, they were looking for a conviction." It was a classic combination: None of the DNA evidence at the time could be matched to Pinkins, but the victim identified him as one of her attackers and an inmate who shared a cell with him testified Pinkins confessed to the rape. In 1982, in Newport News, VA, a young man in a sailor's uniform broke into a local home, beat a man to death, then spent hours raping his wife while their three small children slept in the next room.
Keith Harward was convicted based on bite mark evidence sworn to by two dentists, and his identification by a security guard who police had hypnotized first. UPDATE: 4/8/16 - The Virginia Supreme Court granted Harward's actual innocence writ and he was immediately released from prison.
Bite mark analysis is junk evidence, as demonstrated by recent DNA tests that at the time. He repeatedly referred to the police, prosecutors and forensic scientists who helped convict him as criminals.
“In my case, the egos of those criminals, and I say criminals because I’m talking about those people in Newport News …
(who) went out of their way to convict me, they weren’t looking for the truth.
They were looking for a conviction.” Kathy Sigman Chapman, Maria's playmate, of Mc Cullough in what the State's Attorney calls a photo lineup that was "suggestive in the extreme." What put Mc Cullough's innocence over the top, however, were telephone toll records from his parents' phone that show he was in Rockford, Illinois, 35 miles away, when the crime occurred.
The victim gave varying descriptions of her attacker and never identified Bridges.