Thursday, December 17, 2009

Innocent Man Freed after 35 Years in Prison

James Bain has spent 35 years in prison after being convicted of some horrible crimes: rape, kidnapping, and breaking and entering. Today, according to the Deseret News, Mr. Bain was released by a Florida Judge.

35 years ago, a jury rejected Mr. Bain's alibi defense and believed the testimony of eye witnesses. Fortunately, DNA evidence was able to prove that Mr. Bain did not commit the crime for which he was imprisoned.

The Florida Innocence Project helped file motions on Mr. Bain's behalf. He had been trying to get DNA tests done on the evidence in his case for years. He is finally free.

Below is an excerpt from the press conference in which an Innocence Project attorney summarizes the case.

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