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Lamont Branch





25 years

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New York

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New York City


Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Lamont Branch was wrongly convicted of murder in 1990 and sentenced to life in prison based on the testimony of two drug addicts. The addicts later told a judge they lied because they were paid between $100 and $150 by NYPD detectives. Lamont Branch's brother eventually confessed to the murder, and Branch was released on September 20, 2002 after 13 years of wrongful imprisonment from the time of his arrest."

Conviction Caused By:

Police misconduct and perjury by two prosecution witnesses. Two drug addicts later admitted that they identified Lamont Branch after NYPD detectives paid them between $100 and $150 and showed them Branch's photo.

Innocence Proved By:

Actual perpetrator confessed.

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Information Source 1:

"For Them, No Justice: Bad Convictions put 13 men in prison. Persistance - and luck - got them out, Sean Gardiner (staff), Newsday, Dec 9, 2002."

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