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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

5 Wrongfully Accused Innocent People

5 Wrongfully Accused Innocent People. The people in this video were all wrongfully accused and wrongfully locked up. Luckily justice was served eventually!

5. Rubin Carter

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter fought professionally as a middleweight boxer from 1961 to 1966. In 1966, he was arrested and wrongly convicted for a triple homicide in the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey. He and another man, John Artis, were tried and convicted twice for the murders, but after the second conviction was overturned in 1985, prosecutors chose not to try the case for a third time. The movie "The Hurricane" was based on this story...

4. General John D. Lavelle

General John D Lavelle, who was stripped of his ranks because of allegations of misconduct over bombing missions in the Vietnam war. A little over 20 years after his death, President Obama nominated him posthumously back to the grade of general on the retired list. Information was released that General Lavelle was only following orders and that the misconduct was in fact higher up the chain of command.

3. Thomas Kennedy

Being falsely accused of raping your own daughter is probably a father’s worst nightmare. Because some of the evidence seemed so authentic, Thomas Kennedy was sentenced to 15 years in prison. After 9 years, Cassandra, his daughter owned up to falsely accusing her father and confessed that the physical evidences of rape were because she had sexual relations with a boy in second grade. The boy, already an adult by the time she revealed the truth, released a statement saying that what she said was indeed true.

2. Steven Truscott

A 14 year old Canadian student was sentenced to death in 1959 for the murder of a classmate. He was supposed to be the youngest person ever placed on death row but a temporary reprieve was granted to postpone the execution and eventually was commuted to life imprisonment. Things turned around in his favor and almost 50 years later, Truscott was awarded $6.5 million in compensation after he was acquitted.

1. Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown

In 1983, Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown were convicted for the sexual assault and murder of an 11-year old girl in North Carolina. The men’s confessions were largely based on details that the men said were coerced from them by police. In September 2014, the mentally disabled half-brothers were declared innocent and released from a death sentence after DNA evidence implicated another suspect. Upon their release as ordered by a Supreme Court Judge, the courtroom audience erupted in a standing ovation.

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