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DNA clears Fla. man after 35 years behind bars

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by MziziMkavu, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    He is longest-serving prisoner exonerated by genetic tests, attorneys say

    [​IMG]Steve Nesius / AP
    James Bain outside the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow, Fla., after his release from prison on Thursday.

    BARTOW, Fla. - James Bain used a cell phone for the first time Thursday, calling his elderly mother to tell her he had been freed after 35 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.
    Mobile devices didn't exist in 1974, the year he was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping a 9-year-old boy and raping him in a nearby field.
    Neither did the sophisticated DNA testing that officials more recently used to determine he could not have been the rapist.
    "Nothing can replace the years Jamie has lost," said Seth Miller, a lawyer for the Florida Innocence Project, which helped Bain win freedom. "Today is a day of renewal."Bain spent more time in prison than any of the 246 inmates previously exonerated by DNA evidence nationwide, according to the project. The longest-serving before him was James Lee Woodard of Dallas, who was released last year after spending more than 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
    As Bain walked out of the Polk County courthouse Thursday, wearing a black T-shirt that said "not guilty," he spoke of his deep faith and said he does not harbor any anger.
    'I'm not angry'
    "No, I'm not angry," he said. "Because I've got God."
    The 54-year-old said he looks forward to eating fried turkey and drinking Dr Pepper. He said he also hopes to go back to school.
    Friends and family surrounded him as he left the courthouse after Judge James Yancey ordered him freed. His 77-year-old mother, who is in poor health, preferred to wait for him at home. With a broad smile, he said he looks forward to spending time with her and the rest of his family.
    "That's the most important thing in my life right now, besides God," he said.
    Earlier, the courtroom erupted in applause after Yancey ruled.
    "Mr. Bain, I'm now signing the order," Yancey said. "You're a free man. Congratulations."
    Thursday's hearing was delayed 40 minutes because prosecutors were on the phone with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. DNA tests were expedited at the department's lab and ultimately proved Bain innocent. Prosecutors filed a motion to vacate the conviction and the sentence.
    "He's just not connected to this particular incident," State Attorney Jerry Hill told the judge.
    Innocence Project's cause
    Attorneys from the Innocence Project of Florida got involved in Bain's case earlier this year after he had filed several previous petitions asking for DNA testing, all of which were thrown out.
    A judge finally ordered the tests and the results from a respected private lab in Cincinnati came in last week, setting the wheels in motion for Thursday's hearing. The Innocence Project had called for Bain's release by Christmas.
    He was convicted largely on the strength of the victim's eyewitness identification, though testing available at the time did not definitively link him to the crime. The boy said his attacker had bushy sideburns and a mustache. The boy's uncle, a former assistant principal at a high school, said it sounded like Bain, a former student.
    The boy picked Bain out of a photo lineup, although there are lingering questions about whether detectives steered him.
    The jury rejected Bain's story that he was home watching TV with his twin sister when the crime was committed, an alibi she repeated at a news conference last week. He was 19 when he was sentenced.
    Florida last year passed a law that automatically grants former inmates found innocent $50,000 for each year they spent in prison. No legislative approval is needed. That means Bain is entitled to $1.75 million.
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  2. Nyani Ngabu

    Nyani Ngabu Platinum Member

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    No amount of money can replace the time lost in prison. It sucks
  3. Sajenti

    Sajenti JF-Expert Member

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    ...Mkuu ni kweli mambo mengi ambayo angeweza kufanya katika umri ule akiwa 19 yrs angalau mpaka 50yrs kiukweli hataweza kufanya yote. May be angeweza kusoma mpaka level za juu na may be angekuwa na investment za kutisha . Si mbaya sana at least with that money he's goin to receive itampunguzia frastration za maisha kuliko asingekuwa na kitu kabisa at that age..
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    At least kuna kafidia ambako katamfanya aweze kujipanga na maisha mapya. Ingekuwa ni Tanzania si mpaka mtu uhangaike mpaka uingie kaburini bila kupata fidia yenyewe.

    Hivi ya Babu Seya na wanawe DNA inawezekanika??? ?Ili kukata mzizi wa fitina ni lazima wangefanyiwa DNA ili ku-prove beyond daubt kuwa walihusika/hawakuhusika. Haki itendeke.
  5. Lucchese DeCavalcante

    Lucchese DeCavalcante JF-Expert Member

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    Ingekuwa Bongo unaozea jela tu, na hata ikitokea ukatoka unatoak kama ulivyo no fidia at all
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    Jahom JF-Expert Member

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    Good Money for the rest of his life.

    Wanasheria wetu tupeni msaada hasa kwa wale walifungwa kimakosa na baada ya miaka kadhaa wakatoka kidedea, wanastahili nini? na je, huwa wanapata kweli? Au ni ule utaratibu wetu wa kuwa kama hujui hsauri yako?
    Kuna kaka yangu alifungwa kwa kosa la "ujambazi" na baada ya miaka minne akashinda rufaa yake. Nipeni hesabu zake maana amefulia ile mbaya!!!
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    Keynez JF-Expert Member

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    29th November 2009, 09:01 PM
    Police Officers Ambushed and Killed in Washington
    Posted By Keynez

    In a police state where people are unfairly arrested, convicted and targeted, killings like these will always happen. We better get used to it, I know I am.

    Who knows, labda yule jamaa aliyeua polisi alikuwa na kinyongo baada ya kuhukumiwa kwa makosa. Haya mambo yanatokea zaidi ya tunavyofikiri, wengine hata wanapandikiziwa evidence. It's an ugly world we're living.

    Nadhani tunakosea kulinganisha na Tanzania suala kama hili. Motives ambazo zinapelekea watu kukamatwa na kuhukumiwa Marekani hazipo Tanzania. Hela ni ndogo sana hiyo aliyopewa, $ 50,000 ili ubakwe, God knows how many times a year, together with everything he had to go through 'in the joint'.