Man exonerated after 24 years in prison
NEWTON Cheers erupted in a Catawba County courtroom Friday after the district attorney apologized and a three-judge panel exonerated Willie Grimes, who spent 24 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit.
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#1 Oct 7, 2012
Good luck Mr Grimes you deserve it.
#2 Oct 8, 2012
Yes he does... sad to think he spent all that time in prison and was innocent.
#3 Oct 9, 2012
It was an honest mistake, after all, he's B L A C K
#4 Oct 10, 2012
Yep hes black and the prosecution without a doubt thought he was guilty now he did not prove that he was innocent so slam a justice system or the lack of dna testing but the race card...Please...you realize every damn convicted person and everyone in prison says I did not do it and you want to say RACE ... Just another attempt at yet another black ass trying to start something. There will be a day when you will not see the color of the skin but the shades of truth honesty and fear ones very soul shadows. Play your race card now and remember you know your wrong... evidence and lack of good alibi had him dead to right.
#5 Oct 14, 2012
What evidence would that be? According to the article, all they had was "a strand of hair belonging to a black man had been found on the victim. But the hair was never positively identified in court as Grimes hair, just the hair of an African American man."
Lack of alibi? The article stated: "Grimes said he was more than a mile and a half away from the crime scene at a house with friends, who all testified in court that Grimes had been with them that night."
Innocence not proved? Article: "Other evidence never made it into the courtroom for jurors to hear, including fingerprints."...
"The state Innocence Inquiry Commission heard testimony over three days in April before deciding unanimously that enough credible evidence of innocence existed to refer his case to the three-judge panel."
"Among the physical evidence presented to the commission: fingerprints found on bananas in the victims home...."
"An analyst testified before the commission in April that the fingerprints matched a different man, who had a lengthy criminal record, including assault on a female. That man is now living at a nursing home in Lenoir.
Besides the fingerprints, other physical evidence in the case inexplicably disappeared, even though no one found any court order to destroy it. The Hickory Police Department found the fingerprint cards after the commission began investigating."
#6 Oct 14, 2012
"evidence and lack of good alibi had him dead to right"
I sat here in my home last night alone and watched the Charlotte NASCAR race. I hope some white guy didn't murder someone across town and not turn himself in, because according to your logic I'd be going down for life. How about you (police and prosecutors) getting off your lazy asses and actually doing your damn job for a change. Solve the crime for a change instead of lying, hiding, losing and fabricating evidence just to fit your agenda.
#11 Oct 17, 2012
wifey- if uneducated was a race you would fall under that status..
#12 Oct 17, 2012
Thanks..... you would be right next to me.....
#13 Dec 16, 2012
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Would "Black" folks at CNN avoid addressing true plights if his or her job was at stake? What are the root causes for judicial injustice and inequality in America? The reports are not balanced. How may I meet with her? They say that we should admonish or scrutinize each other in public or the open like on blogs and what not, but folks like Soledad isolate themselves so far from regular folks like us; we have to conduct a public outcry all over the internet against folks just to reach her or him.
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There are very many public policies and laws that have grave impact on the socio-economic wellbeings of the African-American culture by emotional and financially incentivizing behavior that breed lack of empathy, dehumanization, and objectification. If any network is interested, I would like to work with a network to produce a show that would address how lack of empathy, dehumanization, and objectification continues to further destroy America. Due to biasness and negligent portrayal of African-Americans by the media, other cultures have safety-nets.
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