Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wrongfully jailed for 13 years

Wow this man was in jail for 13 years for a crime he didn't commit and finally released. I hope he is awarded something to try and get back his life. And we all know there are many more out there. Read the whole article on Yahoo, I've included some quotes from the article below:

A man who served 13 years in prison before his homicide conviction was overturned sued the city of Milwaukee and its police department Thursday, days after authorities arrested a man whose DNA they say links him to the killing.

Chaunte D. Ott claims in the federal lawsuit that officers coerced two people to give false testimony and failed to intervene when tests after his conviction showed he did not commit the crime.

"I'm still kind of stunned they had audacity to proclaim I'm guilty of that crime," Ott, 35, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "But my attitude is, I've never been bitter. I feel like I just have to live each day."

The Oak Creek man was convicted in 1995 in the death of Jessica Payne, a 16-year-old runaway found partially nude with her throat slit.

The Wisconsin Innocence Project took up his case in 2002, and tests concluded that DNA in the case didn't match his. Ott was freed in January after a state appeals court ruled that he deserved a new trial.


Ott is now pursuing an associate's degree at Milwaukee Area Technical College, and he hopes to be a counselor for at-risk teens. He said the lawsuit is about bringing justice to people mistreated by the system.

"There are other guys languishing in prison trying to get their voices heard," he said. "I feel like this is a chance for me to have a voice and tell people about the situation they're in."


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