David McCallum, Wrongly Imprisoned for 29 Years, is Released

David McCallum, Wrongly Imprisoned for 29 Years, is Released


David McCallum maintained his innocence since 1986 when, at the age of 16, he was sent to prison for imprisoned for murder.  Today, after 29 years, he was finally released. McCallum was falsely prosecuted for a kidnapping and murder. 

Another conviction that was thrown out was McCallum’s co-defendant, the late Willie Stuckey.  McCallum’s case was championed by Rubin Hurricane Carter, who was also falsely prosecuted for a crime he did not commit.  Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, said the case against McCallum was based on made-up confessions and lies by the police. 

David McCallum is also the subject of a documentary called “David & Me.”

As reported by CBS NewYork, “In dismissing the convictions, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew D’Emic said, “The evidence available to the district attorney after the investigation sufficiently convinces the court that the judgments of conviction should be vacated.” 


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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.


  1. mon ami je suis de tout cœur avec toi , moi aussi en 2002 je suis tomber dans un gètapens je suis rester que 4 mois que j’étais innocent a Marseille la maison d’arrét des baumette on ma cracher de sur insulter m’aimes mes parents les maton il était méchant avec moi au tribunal aussi liberté égalité fraternité faux surtout quand on n’ais black pas de justice 29 ans en prison ca a pas de prix on ta levais les plus belle années quand je panse tout le mal que tu a du passer bravo monsieur david m c callum tout mes respect