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    Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison

    Yes number 17 released for Rape. Out of at least 350 more being tested in Dallas alone.

    Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison



    By SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press Writer2 hours, 29 minutes ago

    A Dallas man who spent more than 27 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit was freed Tuesday, after being incarcerated longer than any other wrongfully convicted U.S. inmate cleared by DNA testing

    James Lee Woodard stepped out of the courtroom and raised his arms to a throng of photographers. Supporters and other people gathered outside the court erupted in applause.

    "No words can express what a tragic story yours is," state District Judge Mark Stoltz told Woodard at a brief hearing before his release.

    Woodard, cleared of the 1980 murder of his girlfriend, became the 18th person in Dallas County to have his conviction cast aside. That's a figure unmatched by any county nationally, according to the Innocence Project, a New York-based legal center that specializes in overturning wrongful convictions.

    "I thank God for the existence of the Innocence project," Woodard, 55, told the court. "Without that, I wouldn't be here today. I would be wasting away in prison."

    Overall, 31 people have been formally exonerated through DNA testing in Texas, also a national high. That does not include Woodard and at least three others whose exonerations will not become official until Gov. Rick Perry grants pardons or the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals formally accepts the ruling of lower courts that have already recommended exoneration.

    Woodard was sentenced to life in prison in July 1981 for the murder of a 21-year-old Dallas woman found sexually assaulted and strangled near the banks of the Trinity River.

    He was convicted primarily on the basis of testimony from two eyewitnesses, said Natalie Roetzel, the executive director of the Innocence Project of Texas. One has since recanted in an affidavit. As for the other, "we don't believe her testimony was accurate," Roetzel said.

    Like nearly all the exonorees, Woodard has maintained his innocence throughout his time in prison. But after filing six writs with an appeals court, plus two requests for DNA testing, his pleas of innocence became so repetitive and routine that "the courthouse doors were eventually closed to him and he was labeled a writ abuser," Roetzel said.

    "On the first day he was arrested, he told the world he was innocent ... and nobody listened," Jeff Blackburn, chief counsel for the Innocence Project of Texas, said during Tuesday's hearing.

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    Re: Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison

    My mistake he was the 18th Inmate Freed in Dallas. This is from CNN.

    Man cleared by DNA free after 27 years

    * Story Highlights
    * James Lee Woodard is 18th Dallas County inmate cleared by DNA
    * Dallas County has more wrongfully convicted people than any other jurisdiction
    * Woodard spent the longest time behind bars of any wrongly convicted inmate
    * "I thank God for the existence of the Innocence Project," he said

    DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- A Dallas man who spent more than 27 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit was freed Tuesday, after being incarcerated longer than any other wrongfully convicted U.S. inmate cleared by DNA testing.

    James Lee Woodard stepped out of the courtroom and raised his arms to a throng of photographers.

    Supporters and other people gathered outside the court erupted in applause.

    "No words can express what a tragic story yours is," state District Judge Mark Stoltz told Woodard at a brief hearing before his release.

    Woodard, cleared of the 1980 murder of his girlfriend, became the 18th person in Dallas County to have his conviction cast aside. That's a figure unmatched by any county nationally, according to the Innocence Project, a New York-based legal center that specializes in overturning wrongful convictions.

    "I thank God for the existence of the Innocence Project," Woodard, 55, told the court. "Without that, I wouldn't be here today. I would be wasting away in prison."

    Overall, 31 people have been formally exonerated through DNA testing in Texas, also a national high. That does not include Woodard and at least three others whose exonerations will not become official until Gov. Rick Perry grants pardons or the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals formally accepts the ruling of lower courts that have already recommended exoneration.

    Woodard was sentenced to life in prison in July 1981 for the murder of a 21-year-old Dallas woman found sexually assaulted and strangled near the banks of the Trinity River.

    He was convicted primarily on the basis of testimony from two eyewitnesses, said Natalie Roetzel, the executive director of the Innocence Project of Texas. One has since recanted in an affidavit. As for the other, "we don't believe her testimony was accurate," Roetzel said.

    Like nearly all the exonorees, Woodard has maintained his innocence throughout his time in prison. But after filing six writs with an appeals court, plus two requests for DNA testing, his pleas of innocence became so repetitive and routine that "the courthouse doors were eventually closed to him and he was labeled a writ abuser," Roetzel said.

    "On the first day he was arrested, he told the world he was innocent ... and nobody listened," Jeff Blackburn, chief counsel for the Innocence Project of Texas, said during Tuesday's hearing.

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    Re: Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison

    This is certainly good news for all falsely accused... Hopefully, those who acted fraudulently will be dealt with... doubtful, but hopefully.
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    Re: Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison

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    He was convicted primarily on the basis of testimony from two eyewitnesses, said Natalie Roetzel, the executive director of the Innocence Project of Texas. One has since recanted in an affidavit. As for the other, "we don't believe her testimony was accurate," Roetzel said.
    in real words --- their testimonies were blatant lies - they went for it hook line and sinker to get a conviction -- not to have justice done.
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    Re: Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison

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    This is certainly good news for all falsely accused... Hopefully, those who acted fraudulently will be dealt with... doubtful, but hopefully.

    I agree. Perhaps in cases such as this, as soon as the victim is found to be innocent and released from jail, the investigating detectives, the prosecuting attorney and the judge should be put in prison to await their trial for false imprisonment. If they are found to be innocent, then they can be released. If found guilty, they can get whatever sentence the victim served. This would end virtually all police and legal corruption.
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    Re: Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison

    Quote Quote from yesterday's Hero View Post
    in real words --- their testimonies were blatant lies - they went for it hook line and sinker to get a conviction -- not to have justice done.

    The American Injustice System (AIS) has not made a pretense of "justice" for decades. Their primary aim is to send as many men to hell as they can.

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    Re: Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison

    Yet how many millions are sitting in their gaol cell until they die on lies fitted on them by malicious witnesses

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    Re: Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison

    The US has the highest percentage of incarcerated men in the World. It is a Sex Prison in the US. The stupidity of our Men who refuse to see Nanny Government has eroded their freedoms and is making life unfit to live in the US. Winston Wu who posts on his blog about living outside the US. Is increasingly making a lot of sense.

    US Women, who are very young in their early twenties are now complaining. That young US Men have zero interest in them. They do not even want to Hook up anymore? Young US Men are finally rejecting young Women for Sex. And Married Men in the US are rejecting their Wives for Sex. Maybe we have crossed a threshold of male Anger here. Next I predict a wave of violence against US Women.

    If there is a lesbian connection to the Serial killings of young college Men, known as the Smiley Face Killers. There could be a bloodbath of revenge killings of Lesbians. I hate to put it this way. I hope no Women are involved. I am sure there are. It is most likely Women who lured the Men into being abducted. This may get very ugly before it is all said and done.

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    Re: Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison

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    If there is a lesbian connection to the Serial killings of young college Men, known as the Smiley Face Killers. There could be a bloodbath of revenge killings of Lesbians. I hate to put it this way. I hope no Women are involved. I am sure there are. It is most likely Women who lured the Men into being abducted. This may get very ugly before it is all said and done.

    The detectives and media won't say what kind of organization is responsible for the mass murder of young men. It does sound like a PC group of some kind, perhaps black Muslims, but men-hating dykes is a good guess. It would be easy for a young female to attract a lonely young man, slip some drug in his drink, and lead him into destruction by a half dozen of her femiNazi friends. One young man woke up in the river and swam ashore but doesn't remember how he got there. It sounds a lot like the so-called "date rape" drug.

    I heard today from the friend another drowned young man. Again, the official answer is accidental drowning. But men don't just leave bars and go into rivers. The mass murder of men goes on and on. If it turns out to be the Dykes on Bikes or some similar group of lezzies a bloodbath of dead cunts would be justice. Unfortunatly there may not be enough men with real gonads to do any good any more.

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    Re: Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison

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    The US has the highest percentage of incarcerated men in the World. It is a Sex Prison in the US....
    Yes, one more out of prison after 27 years, innocent...

    Such news are already like daily routine, same with false rape allegations...

    DNA is not such a new investigation tool anymore...I wonder, why it took 27 years...

    I am sure, not even one of these feminist websites will report even a single line about such scandals...silence from Jeff Fecke, Hugo, Ampersands, Ginmar, RobinSteele ....as usual...daily routine...terrible.
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