The tragedy of a false imprisonment and the joy of vindication after 29 years

By  and After spending 29 years in prison for the rape of his stepdaughter, a New Orleans man is free thanks to the help of the local district attorney’s office and testimony from the victim herself, who has insisted for 20 years that he is not the man who raped her.

Patrick Brown was convicted of raping his 6-year-old stepdaughter in 1994 after pleading not guilty in a trial in which the victim did not testify – instead, adults testified “to what they believed she had said,” according to a release from the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Since 2002, the stepdaughter had repeatedly asked the DA’s office to review the case and prosecute the actual perpetrator, the release said.

The office’s civil rights division opened an investigation into the victim’s case, found that the evidence corroborated her account and asked the court to rectify the case, according to the release. . . .

Brown was released from prison Monday, immediately following the decision of the criminal district court, delivered by Judge Calvin Johnson, to vacate his conviction. The victim was present and testified, according to the release and court records.

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  1. Tim in WI

    In America, everyone indicted gets a fair trial.
    Not so much.

  2. Larry T

    I do not find this injustice surprising. Take for example Richard Glosip in Oklahoma. The prosecutor came forward and said he was innocent, the defense attorney said he was wrongful convicted.
    The courts in this nation are not interested in justice or right and wrong, just the keeping the prison beds full so they can pad their budgets.
    As I was told, that once you are indicated by a grand jury, you are considered guilty and the burden of proof lies with you.
    In 2015 a corrections officer told me that he treats each inmate with the same respect that he would someone on the other side of the fence because the BOP it’s self told him that roughly 20% of the inmates in the federal system are innocent of any crime. That seems like a higher percentage than one would expect, but if the BOP it’s self recognizes such a disparity then it must be true and we’re the victims of this corrupt system.
    This article doesn’t say how many appeals were filed and rejected for what ever reason the courts decided. To even get an appeal before the court to be judged on it’s merits is next to impossible. The prosecutors and judges will never admit that they were wrong. I actually had a judge say in court that she wasn’t interested in the truth or right or wrong or anything but the law.
    But this corruption has become so blatant that it’s starting to show up in the mainstream media.
    Innocent or guilty, you can’t win in the courts of this nation because it’s about the money and you are nothing but a commodity.
    They hate loosing their investments.

    1. Tim in WI

      They can pad all they like. I suspect they (USDOJ) are suffering what we dairy guys call ” milk fever.”
      THEY birthed the data calf and now suffer the consequences from the unsustainable regime.
      As a result from the over production of milk, the Mother-s muscles begin to seize up as milk production* strips nutritional calcium from the blood steam. First, the legs get stiff, then the ass and torso, and finally the neck of the beast curls in a severe contorted arch just before the heart stops. It is not a silent process either, indeed the groans of the pain stricken beast are chilling.
      Criminal courts are packed with cases. Civil courts are too. Same goes for immigration courts with a reported 8 million case back load. ( MAYORCAS via MSNBC)

      *As a result of Animal husbandry science selecting for increased milk production, opposed to long term health of the herd. Simply put, self induced harm for short term profit. The database driven infrastructure being the new golden calf, convenience at a price.

  3. Jennie

    Happens every day