Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Man spent 25 years in Prison for murder is Innocent, was with Family at DisneyWorld, Suing for Millions!

I truly think when the U.S. government gets serious (oxymoronic) about these false convictions and serve harsh punishment upon authorities who are found to have knowingly had someone imprisoned despite evidence to the contrary, than and only than will these atrocities against humanity stop. It is so very clear that innocent people have been to death. 


A man recently exonerated in a 1989 New York City killing that happened while he was visiting Disney World filed papers Tuesday outlining plans to seek $162 million from the city, one of his lawyers said. Jonathan Fleming, 52, was convicted of shooting a friend in Brooklyn in August 1989, though he had told authorities he was on a family vacation in Orlando, Florida, and had plane tickets, videos and other material to show it. Prosecutors at the time suggested he could have flown back and forth to New York for the killing, and a woman testified that she had seen him commit the crime.

That witness later recanted her testimony, and defense investigators located witnesses who pointed to someone else as the gunman. Then, prosecutors' review of authorities' files turned up documents backing Fleming's alibi, including a hotel receipt that he paid in Florida about five hours before the shooting.

Police evidently found it in Fleming's pocket when he was arrested, but authorities never provided it to his prior defense lawyer. Nor did they turn over a 1989 Orlando police letter telling New York detectives some employees at an Orlando hotel remembered Fleming.

The authorities' conduct led to Fleming "suffering in prison for nearly 25 years for a crime that he didn't commit," according to his notice of claim.

Wrongfully convicted people often can pursue federal civil-rights lawsuits and claims under state laws, but some claims are resolved before going to court. In a recent example, the city comptroller's office settled for $6.4 million with David Ranta after Brooklyn prosecutors last year disavowed his 1990 conviction in the killing of a rabbi. He'd filed a $150 million notice of claim.

After Fleming's release, an online crowd-funding campaign raised almost $50,000 for him. He also has been looking for a job, Koss said.

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