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    Default DNA Test Frees Innocent Man After 19 Years

    PITTSBURGH (Aug. 2) - During his nearly two decades in prison on a rape conviction, Thomas A. Doswell was denied parole four times because he refused to accept responsibility for the crime. But DNA evidence has finally proved what he's been saying all along: He didn't do it.

    "I'm thankful to be home," he told The Associated Press from his mother's house Monday, after walking out of the county jail a free man. "I'm thankful justice has been served. The court system is not perfect, but it works."

    Doswell, 46, was convicted in the 1986 rape of a 48-year-old woman at a hospital in Pittsburgh. He was sentenced to 13 to 26 years in prison. At the time, he was the father of two young children.

    A judge Monday dismissed the charges as friends and family broke into applause.

    Prosecutors originally opposed DNA testing for Doswell, but a judge ordered it. When the tests came back last month showing that semen taken from the victim was not from Doswell, prosecutors filed motions to vacate his sentence and release him.

    "These tests confirmed what Mr. Doswell has been saying from the moment he was charged, that he was innocent and that this was a misidentification brought about by police officers who may have engaged in misconduct," said Colin Starger of the Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York. The project helped push for Doswell's release.

    The victim and another witness had picked out Doswell's photo from a group of eight shown to them by police.

    At the time, Pittsburgh police identified mug shots of people charged with rape with the letter "R." Doswell insisted witnesses identified him as the rapist only because "R" appeared under his mug shot.


    According to the Innocence Project, his photo was the only one with an "R."

    His photo was marked because an ex-girlfriend had accused him of rape, but he was acquitted of that charge. Police officials say they no longer mark photos of rape suspects with an "R."

    Authorities plan to compare the DNA sample taken from the victim with national databanks, but so far do not have any suspects.

    Although Doswell spent nearly two decades in prison, neither he nor his family said they were angry.

    "I couldn't walk around with anger and bitterness," said Doswell, speaking on a cell phone for what he said was the first time. "It would have done me more harm than good."

    Doswell spent his years in prison getting an associate's degree, learning to speak Spanish and mastering seven musical instruments, including the guitar, saxophone, flute, drums and trumpet.

    "I am so happy to be actually seeing him at home instead of in jail," said Crystal Glover, Doswell's girlfriend. "Now we can get on with our lives."
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    I'd say some compensation is in order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad
    I'd say some compensation is in order.
    If you are wrongfully imprisoned, can you sue the state for damages??

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    I believe that you can. In this case it is rightfully deserved.
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    from truthinjustice.org


    "Only 16 states provide for the payment of reparations to innocent people convicted of crimes they did not commit and subsequently exonerated. Only New York and West Virginia have no limit. California caps reparations at $10,000, and the federal government is stingiest of all, granting a maximum of $5,000. The other 36 states provide no compensation at all. Two contrasting cases illustrate the disparity in how victims of the system are treated."
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    Quote Originally Posted by SactoFan
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    "Only 16 states provide for the payment of reparations to innocent people convicted of crimes they did not commit and subsequently exonerated. Only New York and West Virginia have no limit. California caps reparations at $10,000, and the federal government is stingiest of all, granting a maximum of $5,000. The other 36 states provide no compensation at all. Two contrasting cases illustrate the disparity in how victims of the system are treated."
    WOW!!! thanks for looking that up sacto, I always wondered about that..

    I wouldn't want to even imagine if I was wrongly imprisoned for 19 years, let alone come to find out that I wouldn't get anything for all those lost years of my life. I'd probably go postal, and just make a 360 back into my cell... LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrussou812

    I wouldn't want to even imagine if I was wrongly imprisoned for 19 years, let alone come to find out that I wouldn't get anything for all those lost years of my life. I'd probably go postal, and just make a 360 back into my cell... LOL
    Ah, I think that would be a 180 back into the cell. He says he isn't angry, but I'll bet that he has looked into the compensation thing already. It sucks that he can't really get any kind of compensation for this, he should get it.
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    I agree it's terrible he ain't getting a pennie.

    But on the flipside, it's nice that he got his freedom, justice did get served remarkably almost twenty years too late.

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    "Doswell spent his years in prison getting an associate's degree, learning to speak Spanish and mastering seven musical instruments, including the guitar, saxophone, flute, drums and trumpet."

    Time well spent. When life hands you lemons.......This is a man at peace with himself and his circumstance.



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    There was a story a few years back in NJ. A guy was wrongfully accused and convicted of rape. Young guy with a new family working a honest job and was never in any trouble before this. He spent 10-12 years in prison, the entire time he kept saying it wasn't me!!!! While he was in prison his family had to go on welfare to support themselves. Finally DNA evidence showed it was not him that raped the woman.

    After he was released the New Jersey State DSHC went after this guy like a pack of wild dogs trying to get back child support from him. He tried to explain them the situation but they wouldn't even listen they wanted there 10 years of back child support and they wanted it now!!! Finally he and his attorney got a meeting with the head of NJ DSHS to discuss the case. The head of the Dept basically said pay us our money or we are going to start to garnish your wages.

    The Governor of NJ heard about this through a friend and looked into it. He had the Head of DSHS, the man wrongfully convicted and his attorney come to the Governors office. The Governor demanded a apology from DSHS in writing and in person to the man and his family members. The Gov told the head of DSHS if I hear about your organization pulling crap like this ever again none of you will work in local government again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLO
    There was a story a few years back in NJ. A guy was wrongfully accused and convicted of rape. Young guy with a new family working a honest job and was never in any trouble before this. He spent 10-12 years in prison, the entire time he kept saying it wasn't me!!!! While he was in prison his family had to go on welfare to support themselves. Finally DNA evidence showed it was not him that raped the woman.

    After he was released the New Jersey State DSHC went after this guy like a pack of wild dogs trying to get back child support from him. He tried to explain them the situation but they wouldn't even listen they wanted there 10 years of back child support and they wanted it now!!! Finally he and his attorney got a meeting with the head of NJ DSHS to discuss the case. The head of the Dept basically said pay us our money or we are going to start to garnish your wages.

    The Governor of NJ heard about this through a friend and looked into it. He had the Head of DSHS, the man wrongfully convicted and his attorney come to the Governors office. The Governor demanded a apology from DSHS in writing and in person to the man and his family members. The Gov told the head of DSHS if I hear about your organization pulling crap like this ever again none of you will work in local government again.
    Wow, what a story. DSHS is actually lucky the governor stepped in, because had they continued to pursue the back child support issue, they probably would have had some wrongful suit on their hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking
    Ah, I think that would be a 180 back into the cell. He says he isn't angry, but I'll bet that he has looked into the compensation thing already. It sucks that he can't really get any kind of compensation for this, he should get it.
    LOL yeah I meant 180, I was wearing my "i'm smrt" shirt that day

 

 

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