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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 10:09 PM
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Court Reverses Conviction of Man Jailed for 19 Years in Rape and Murder
Source: NYT

In an opinion that harshly criticizes the tactics of the police and prosecutors, an Illinois appellate court on Friday night reversed the conviction of Juan Rivera, who has spent 19 years in jail for the 1992 rape and murder of an 11-year-old baby sitter in a suburb of Chicago.

Mr. Rivera, who is 39 and serving a life sentence, has been convicted three times for killing the sitter, Holly Staker, based on the strength of a confession that was obtained after four days of questioning. There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime, which occurred in Waukegan, Ill., and DNA testing in 2005 excluded him as the source of sperm found in Hollys body.

In the most recent trial, in 2009, prosecutors explained the DNA evidence by positing two theories: that the sperm sample had been contaminated and that Holly had been sexually active. Mr. Riveras case was the subject of a Nov. 27 article in The New York Times Magazine that examined efforts by prosecutors, particularly in Lake County, Ill., where Waukegan is located, to discredit DNA evidence that supported the innocence claims of men they had prosecuted.

Mr. Rivera, speaking by telephone from prison, said that he learned of the ruling early Saturday from several inmates, and that the news was greeted by cheers in his cellblock. It was overwhelming, he said. Its still a shocker at this point.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/11/us/illinois-court-rev...
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-13-11 12:01 AM
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1. Gotta be disgusted by this little tidbit
that Holly had been sexually active

She was 11.
Talk about pissing on someone's memory
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-13-11 12:15 AM
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2. At least the garbage called prosecutor is retiring
After one of his screeds to the NY Times
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-14-11 02:01 PM
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3. No shit....what a scumbag....
...unfortunately there are alot of cases like that in Illinois...
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-15-11 09:38 AM
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4. Illinois is run by utterly corrupt politicians
Politicians run the justice system...therefore the Illinois justice system is utterly corrupt.
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-15-11 10:41 AM
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5. The longer I live here, the more obvious that becomes...
...and it's a real shame...
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-15-11 10:42 AM
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6. We deserve it
We vote this scum into office and we should not expect better. We get what we deserve.
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countryjake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-11 02:44 PM
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7. Bet he'll stay in prison for months more...
before he actually ever walks free.
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