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New York man cleared of murder after nearly 25 years in prison

A New York City man who spent nearly 25 years in prison for murder was exonerated Tuesday when a judge found that he had been in Florida on vacation at the time of the crime.

Jonathan Fleming, 51, walked out of Brooklyn Supreme Court a free man after the Kings County District Attorney's Office dropped all charges against him "in the interest of justice."

"He's extremely happy this day finally came but frustrated that he suffered for 25 years for a crime he didn't commit," defense lawyer Taylor Koss said.

Fleming had always maintained his innocence in the 1989 shooting death of his friend Darryl Rush in Brooklyn.

His attorneys said prosecutors rushed to convict him, ignoring evidence including phone bills, photographs, hotel receipts and other evidence that placed him in Florida at the time of the crime.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/08/us-usa-newyork-con...



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"...prosecutors rushed to convict him, ignoring evidence including phone bills, photographs, hotel receipts and other evidence that placed him in Florida at the time of the crime.

Are these prosecutors still alive? To take away 25 years of a man's life, wouldn't that be criminal negligence? It's sickening.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Nifong the prosecutors

Sounds to me like the prosecutor(s) should be Nifong'd.

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin

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A-Freeking-Mazing... Over

A-Freeking-Mazing... Over the years I've heard of so many of these kinds of cases. This is why I changed my mind about the death penalty a long time ago. Sure, if someone did some terrible deed I'd like to see him fry but I've come to doubt that we can EVER be 100% sure that we have the right man. Even in instances where there have been multiple eyewitnesses and the guy confesses to the crime some have been found to be actually innocent.

There used to be a maxim a long time ago in my youth that went something like this: "It's better for a thousand guilty men to go free than for one innocent man to go to prison" Seems today that most people have that reversed...

Beware the cult of "government"...

I'm sure the taxpayers will compensate for the court's failings

There has to be a better way than compounding this error by making the taxpayer compensate him (I'm assuming he's going to be compensated btw - it wasn't mentioned in the article)

EDIT: I re-read what I wrote above and absolutely wanted to add that I'm very happy this poor guy was freed and that it's an absolute travesty he had to suffer like that. I know that should go without saying but I wanted to say it anyway since my above post sounded pretty cold.

compensation? .. he'll be

compensation?

.. he'll be arrested for getting room and board under false pretences. And, he'll be billed for back-rent, food and security services for that period.