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Man Freed by DNA Evidence After 29 Years in Prison

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posted on May, 16 2010 @ 04:41 PM

Man Freed by DNA Evidence After 29 Years in Prison

Innocent man released after 29 years in prison

Findlaw blotter

After 29 Years In Prison, Ohio Man Cleared Of Rape

Ray Towler spent 29 years in prison for rape he didn't commit.

...Towler became the third Ohio man released on the DNA evidence and testing system through the help of an investigative project by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper and the Ohio Innocence Project.

Can you imagine if one of the victims had died in the crime this man was accused of? They would have given this man the death sentence, and he would have been executed, all the while being an innocent man.

I can't think of any stronger argument against the death penalty. And I'm one of those people who supports capital punishment! At least this guy didn't have a prosecutor actively blocking his release or DNA testing.

posted on May, 16 2010 @ 04:44 PM
Can anyone tell me why the police are not prosecuted if these peopel are innocent?

Many people for so many reasons have this done to them, and the real criminal walks free. The police all over this world must of destroyed so many lifes.

posted on May, 16 2010 @ 04:51 PM
In this one case, he was convicted by witness testimony, so it wasn't one of those cases of a prosecutor hiding evidence that might free an innocent man. There are plenty of those cases around, where a prosecutor is more interested in earning a notch on his belt and willfully sends an innocent man to prison than admit they got the wrong guy.

I think this guy proves that DNA testing should be done automatically, luckily the testing is becoming much more routine.

posted on May, 16 2010 @ 05:14 PM
reply to post by Blackmarketeer

But how come the people guilty of sending this man to jail are not on trial for doing it, and how many more are like him.

Is there a massive back log of this sort of thing.

posted on May, 16 2010 @ 05:59 PM
This story has made an appearance here, although there is a disagreement of one year.

posted on May, 16 2010 @ 06:03 PM
reply to post by Northwarden

Ah, explains why the prerequisite ATS search failed to reveal the previous story link.

After 29 years, he still has a positive attitude. He must have the soul of a saint, lol.

posted on May, 16 2010 @ 06:07 PM
Don't feel too bad ... here's another article that states 28 years!

posted on May, 16 2010 @ 06:48 PM
I look forward to the day (coming in maybe decades) when a court trial is (at your choice) all about answering questions under an MRI truth scanner. Private companies are already offering accused persons, the chance to pay for an MRI scan, so that it helps add to the weight of their plea for justice.
If (one day, soon) it can be proven that this technology is e.g. 99% more accurate, than the current justice system, then can you imagine a future where finally almost all innocent convicts are free? Wow! will that be a major leap forward in humanity! It will make the process of Justice a lot less corrupt.
The best "experiment" I'd imagine is to commission actors, to face a real trial by Jury. That way direct comparisons could be made between MRI and the statuesque (i.e. the types of crime trial where the guilty is acquitted, convicted, or the innocent is convicted, or found innocent).

These experiments would probably want independent funding from e.g. Westminster-Congress. But they could save a lot of innocent men, and cut down on a lot of costly fea's.

Opposition To New Technology...
Right now, its use has already being opposed by most Western courts
Of course this may partly be due to a genuine desire, to see that Justice is done.
But the legal profession also has every incentive to be sceptical towards any new, technology, that could well be a "career-ender" for many. I'd hope most people still envisaged Judges, Solicitors and Prosecutors ect in the Trials of the future. However anymore improvements to this technology could make the daily workings of these peoples jobs radically different. I imagine Trials will be cheaper, faster, and more accurate for one.

posted on May, 16 2010 @ 06:53 PM
reply to post by Liberal1984

but how do they work on sociopaths or any pathologically afflicted mind?

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