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Arthur Barber



First Degree Murder


Life Imprisonment

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New York

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New York City


Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Arthur Barber was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1967 in Bronx County, New York. His conviction was based on his false confession coerced by being beaten by the police. Barber was sentenced to life in prison. Berber's conviction was reversed by a federal court that in granting his habeas corpus petition ruled he had been arrested without probable cause, beaten by the police, and his confession had been obtained by "a pattern of lawlessness which shocks the conscience." (MJ, SLR) The charges against Barber wer subsequently dismissed."

Conviction Caused By:

"Confession extracted by what the federal court described as "a pattern of lawlessness which shocks the conscience.""

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Conviction reversed by federal court in 1975 and the charges were dismissed.

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Information Source 1:

"“In Spite of Innocence: Erroneous Convictions in Capital Cases,” Michael L Radelet, Hugo Adam Bedau, and Constance E. Putnam, Northeastern University Press, Boston, 1992 p. 284."

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"“Miscarriages of Justice in Potentially Capital Cases,” Hugo Adam Bedau & Michael L. Radelet, Stanford Law Review, November, 1987, Vol. 40, p. 95."

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