Innocent Man Who Was in Jail for 25 Years Sues New York...

Innocent Man Who Was in Jail for 25 Years Sues New York for $25 Million


Another week, another story about someone who was in jail for decades who was innocent.  This time it’s Derrick Deacon of Brooklyn, New York.  Deacon was in jail for 25 years when, whoops,  someone finally figured out that he hadn’t murdered anyone.

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“Derrick Deacon, who was convicted for the 1989 murder of 16-year-old Anthony Wynn, has slammed New York state with a $25 million lawsuit. He hopes it will teach law enforcement a lesson about how not to push for a conviction,” reported the New York Post today.

“These people have to pay for every day they made me suffer behind the wall for no reason,” Deacon, 58, told the Post.

Just two weeks ago, Glenn Ford of Louisiana was released from prison.  Ford was on death row for 30 years after being “wrongfully convicted of murder by an all-white jury in Louisiana in 1984,” reported The Atlantic.  The jury deliberated for less than three hours.

If it wasn’t for DNA and the work of groups like The Innocence Project, these innocent people would still be in jail.

In 2011, Cornelius Dupree Jr. was released after being in jail for 30 years on a rape charge in 1979. “Whatever your truth is, you have to stick with it,” Dupree, 51, told Associated Press in 2011 “minutes after a Dallas judge overturned his conviction.”

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