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Man Freed After Serving Time For Rape He Did NOT Commit

Thanks to Innocence Project, the guy is out.

But the circumstances of his guilty plea is disturbing...


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Woman Admits That She Falsely Accused Convicted High School Student of Rape After He Serves His Time In Jail . . . Woman Keeps $1.5 Million Award As Rape Victim


Brian Banks was a former high school football star when he was accused of rape by Wanetta Gibson. Gibson’s name was sealed as a rape victim while Banks was publicly accused as a rapist despite his insistence that it was consensual sex.


It was his word against hers and prosecutors threatened him with life imprisonment if he went to trial, so he pleaded guilty to a rape that he did not commit. He spent five years in jail.

When he was released he was surprised when his “victim” asked to befriend him on Facebook. She later admitted that she made the whole thing up but did not want to give back the $1.5 million that she won in a judgment against the school district for her alleged rape. She retains the money despite admitting to lying about the rape.




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Jail Her!!

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Money should be taken off the bitch and given to the guy... Oh and jail her for double the time he paid too!

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Why would she keep the money!!??
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Thanks of Innocence Project, the guy is out.

But the circumstances of his guilty plea is disturbing...
I read this and to think this young man's life is completely ruined and the girl doesn't want to tell the DA because she didn't want to give the money back. What kind of shit is that? Unbelievable that they allowed this girl to keep the money after completely ruining this kids life. When he sends a resume or fills out an application he won't even be consider to come in for interview because he has to say he was convicted of a horrific crime and this ***** is walking around living large off of the state's money. I just can't.

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I have always been against disclosing the name and identity of alleged rape victim, but after this, I don't know how to feel anymore.
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Here's another article and looks like he'll no longer have a felony record but he absolutely has no experience and a gap in work history that a Mac truck could drive through.

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Posted on: 10:20 am, May 24, 2012, by Ryan Sullivan, updated on: 09:40am, May 25, 2012

This undated image provided by the California Western School of Law shows Brian Banks, who is challenging his 2002 rape conviction during a hearing scheduled for Thursday May 24, 2012, after his accuser, Wanetta Gibson, recently recanted her testimony. (California Western School of Law / AP Photo)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — First he cried. Then Brian Banks — exonerated of a rape conviction that cost him five years in prison — walked outside the courthouse and seized the moment of freedom he had dreamed of for so long.

“This is the first step in reinventing my life,” he said after a judge issued his ruling Thursday, promising to pursue the interrupted dream of playing pro football.

It was the plan he left outside a prison door when he pleaded no contest to a childhood friend’s false accusation of rape in 2002, a claim she has now recanted.

The hearing that changed Banks’ life took only minutes. Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Brentford Ferreira said his office conceded the case should be dismissed. Superior Court Judge Mark C.

Kim concurred and quickly announced it was over.

One of his first moves was to report to the probation office to have the electronic monitoring ankle bracelet removed — a felon no longer.

At 26, Banks said he is ready to move forward and is trying not to be angry.

“I couldn’t ask for more today,” he told reporters. “But there is always the question of why did it have to happen in the first place? Why wasn’t I heard with the truth of what happened when I was 16?”

Even after he was released from prison, he could not get work because he was a registered sex offender and had a felony record.

Before the charges, Banks was a star middle linebacker at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and was attracting interest from college football powerhouses as the University of Southern California, Ohio State University and the University of Michigan, according to the website Rivals.com, which traces the recruiting of high school football and basketball players.

He verbally agreed to a full scholarship at USC Then, a teenage girl he had known since childhood claimed he had raped her. He was arrested and, on advice of counsel, pleaded no contest to rape and an enhancement of kidnapping in order to avoid a possible life sentence if tried by a jury.

His story is a triumph for the California Innocence Project which took up his case and illustrates the growing trend toward taking a new look at convictions. But Justin Brooks, head of the program at California Western University in San Diego, said this was the first case he had championed for someone already out of prison. He felt it was not too late to right a wrong for Banks and turn his life around.

The key, said Brooks, was the woman’s admission she had lied.

And it came out of the blue.

After serving five years and two months in prison, Banks was released, and a strange thing happened. Wanetta Gibson, the woman who claimed he had attacked her on the high school campus when she was 15, contacted him on Facebook and asked to meet with him.


He recalled being stunned. “I thought maybe it wasn’t real. How could she be contacting me?”

He said he knew that if he became angry when he met with her it wouldn’t help, so he struggled to keep calm.

“I stopped what I was doing and got down on my knees and prayed to God to help me play my cards right,” he said.

In two meetings, she said she had lied and offered to help him clear his name, but there was a catch. She did not want to return a $1.5 million payment from a civil suit brought by her mother against the Long Beach schools.

She refused to repeat her new story to prosecutors but they accepted the account which had been secretly videotaped by the defense.

It was uncertain whether Gibson will have to return the money and unlikely she would be prosecuted for making the false accusation so long ago.

Gibson did not attend the hearing and she could not be reached for comment. Prosecutors and defense attorneys said they were unable to find her recently.

At the press conferences that followed the court hearing, Brooks appealed to NFL teams to give Banks a chance. He said Banks has been training six days a week to get in shape for the career he wants.

“He has the speed and the strength. He certainly has the heart,” Brooks said. “I hope he gets the attention of people in the sports world.”

Gil Brandt, an NFL draft consultant, said Banks would be eligible to sign with any team that might show interest. However, his years away from the game will be hard to overcome.

“History tells us guys who come back after one or two years away when they go into the service find it awfully hard,” Brandt said. “And this has been much longer a time.”

Brandt compared the challenge to someone who has been out of high school for years trying to get an A in their first class in college.

Banks said he is ready for the challenge.

“It’s been a struggle. But I’m unbroken and I’m still here today,” the tall, muscular Banks said, tears flowing down his face.

Outside court, Banks donned a sweat shirt that read “Innocent.”
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This article was provided by The Associated Press Wire. (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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It was uncertain whether Gibson will have to return the money and unlikely she would be prosecuted for making the false accusation so long ago.

Gibson did not attend the hearing and she could not be reached for comment. Prosecutors and defense attorneys said they were unable to find her recently.
Banks misses the pre-adult years of his life, this is the most important period tthat almost determine how a person would fare as an adult.

Banks had a football scholarship, alhtough we don't know if he could have been drafted in the NFL, he had an opportunity to fall back on a college education.

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Gibson did not attend the hearing and she could not be reached for comment. Prosecutors and defense attorneys said they were unable to find her recently.
She should have been made to attend the hearing and face the man she falsely accused and ruined the life and family.

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Just so sad. I hope she goes to jail for something, false police report?
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I hope she gets a lot more than 5 years for perverting the course of justice.
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What a horrible story. She deserves jail time & the money taken off her.
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all you can do is shake your head... it's women like this that make it hard for women who are really violated.
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all you can do is shake your head... it's women like this that make it hard for women who are really violated.
Very well said.
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What a horrible story. She deserves jail time & the money taken off her.
Until these people including cops are prosecuted to the full extent of the law for this type of crime these type of things will continue.

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