PDA

View Full Version : DNA Clears Man Imprisoned For 18 Years


Mother_Marjorie
Mar 22nd, 2006, 04:44 AM
DNA clears man imprisoned for 18 years
Judge: 'I don't know how to apologize ... I'm sorry'

Tuesday, March 21, 2006; Posted: 10:15 p.m. EST (03:15 GMT)

DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- A man who spent 18 years behind bars for allegedly attacking a woman in her home has been released after DNA testing excluded him as the attacker.

"I don't know how to apologize. I don't know where to start, but I'll start with me and 'I'm sorry,"' District Judge John Creuzot said Monday as he released Gregory Wallis, now 47. Creuzot was not involved in the original trial.

Wallis was a 29-year-old warehouse worker when he was convicted in 1988 of burglary with intent to commit sexual assault and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

The case was closed until Wallis' 2004 request for post-conviction DNA analysis led to tests that found his didn't match the DNA from the crime scene.

The victim had picked Wallis' photo out of a lineup after police received a tip that he was involved. She described her attacker as having a tattoo, similar to one Wallis had.

"I don't know how she picked me," Wallis said. "I was sitting at home, and they came and arrested me. The next thing I know, I'm standing trial."

An initial test released in December could not entirely exclude Wallis as a suspect. His lawyer then requested a newer and more sophisticated test, which found no match with Wallis' DNA.

Like others wrongly convicted in Texas, Wallis is eligible for up to $250,000 in compensation for the years he spent behind bars. He said he was looking forward to enjoying a steak dinner and going fishing.

hablo
Mar 22nd, 2006, 04:47 AM
Oh man, this man's life is probably ruined :o
I wonder how many wrongfully convicted people are in jail just like he was .... :mad:

RVD
Mar 22nd, 2006, 05:11 AM
AAARRRGGGHHH!!! GRRRR!!
When I read stories like these, I just wanna SCREAM! :fiery:

Knizzle
Mar 22nd, 2006, 05:20 AM
*covers eyes* Let me guess, is he black?? *waits in anticipation* Am I right??

Stamp Paid
Mar 22nd, 2006, 05:25 AM
*covers eyes* Let me guess, is he black?? *waits in anticipation* Am I right??

Is it?? Is it??!!

RVD
Mar 22nd, 2006, 05:30 AM
*covers eyes* Let me guess, is he black?? *waits in anticipation* Am I right??You are a bigger man than I. I didn't wanna ask the question, because I was dreading the answer.
F**king Texas! :fiery:

Oh well, at least the judge had enough heart to apologize.
The guy better get PAID though. And the woman needs to serve his 18 f**king years just for being butt-stupid!

hablo
Mar 22nd, 2006, 05:31 AM
And the woman needs to serve his 18 f**king years just for being butt-stupid!
she should have to answer for getting him convicted :fiery:

CondiLicious
Mar 22nd, 2006, 10:49 AM
I wonder how many wrongfully convicted people are in jail just like he was .... :mad:

How many wrongfully convicted people have been executed??? :scared:

Solitaire
Mar 22nd, 2006, 10:56 AM
Sad but not shocking. In the US esp if ur a minority and poor its guilty till proven innocent.

Mother_Marjorie
Mar 22nd, 2006, 01:06 PM
*covers eyes* Let me guess, is he black?? *waits in anticipation* Am I right??

Nope. He's white, I saw his picture.

skanky~skanketta
Mar 22nd, 2006, 01:11 PM
Nope. He's white, I saw his picture.is he cute?or could he have been cute 18 years ago?

it's truly sad. if i were him, i'd kill the stupid bitch and go back. i mean, i'm sure i'd have been used to prison by then.

PamShriverRockz
Mar 22nd, 2006, 01:35 PM
How many wrongfully convicted people have been executed??? :scared:

:scared: Exactly.

*JR*
Mar 22nd, 2006, 01:47 PM
I have very little regard for Rush Limbaugh, but his term "FemiNazi" has some relevance here. (The 3 most prominent examples in the US being Catherine MacKinnon, the late Andrea Dworkin, and Susan Brownmiller). The last of them (in her "landmark book", Men, Women, and Rape) advanced the idea that rape is a tool by which all men have historically oppressed all women, whether they personally commit any sexual crime or not. So by Ms. Brownmiller's thesis, this poor fellow did share in our "collective guilt". :rolleyes:

CJ07
Mar 22nd, 2006, 01:53 PM
Well mistakes are made. I mean it sucks, but mistakes are made. Its part of the system. At least he got to get out.

However, he should get more than 250,000. I mean 18 years times even 30K a year more than twice that much.

ptkten
Mar 22nd, 2006, 01:58 PM
The problem is that people are always in such a hurry to get a conviction that they don't analyze the facts and evidence long or hard enough.