African-American cleared after 43 years in prison

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A serious miscarriage of justice in the United States. An African-American man in his sixties has been exonerated by the courts and released. He had spent almost two-thirds of his life in prison.

Forty-three years behind bars to be finally cleared by a Missouri court. According to the judge, there was no material clue that linked the accused, Kevin Strickland, to the crime, a murder of three people committed in 1979.

In fact, he was convicted solely on the basis of testimony, some of which have since disqualified him. Kevin Strickland had always claimed his innocence: he was finally heard. The Jackson County prosecutor, who had asked for the conviction to be overturned, welcomed the decision, noting ” tragic miscarriage of justice ».

No compensation

The list goes on of those who have been cleared after spending years in prison. And very often they don’t even get compensation. An association has started to raise money to help Kevin Strickland settle into his new life. A life he began by visiting the grave of his mother, who died last August.

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