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Dennis Patrick Brown



Rape and Burglary


Life Imprisonment

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St. Tammany

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Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Dennis Patrick Brown was wrongly convicted in 1985 of committing a rape in September 1984 in Covington, Lousiana. Dennis Brown was exonerated by two post-conviction DNA tests that excluded him as the assailant. Brown was released October 11, 2004, and the charges were dismissed. Dennis Brown had been wrongly imprisoned for 19 years. Dennis Brown was awarded $357,871 compensation by the State of Louisiana. In October 2005 Brown filed a federal civil rights lawsuit that named the City of Covington and others involved in his prosecution as defendants. On February 27, 2008 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court judge's denial of two of the defendant's motion to dismiss the lawsuit. On February 27, 2009 the City of Covington agreed to settle Brown's lawsuit for $1.4 million, with $1.1 million to be paid immediately by the city's insurers, and $300,000 to be paid by the city in ten annual payments of $30,000."

Conviction Caused By:

"Erroneous eyewitness testimony by the victim, and the police coerced a false confession."

Innocence Proved By:

DNA testing unavailable at the time of his conviction.

Defendant Aided By:

Innocence Project of New Orleans

Compensation Awarded:

"$1.757,871 total. $357,871 (State of Louisiana) and $1.4 million (City of Covington, Feb. 2009)"

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Information Source 1:

"Covington to settle lawsuit brought by man who was wrongfully convicted of rape, By Ron Thibodeaux (Staff writer), The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), February 27, 2009"

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Information Source 2:

"Dennis Brown, Innocence Project New Orleans, September 1, 2004"

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Information Source 3:

"Man Wrongly Convicted of Rape Freed After DNA Tests, KATC, Lafayette, LA, Oct 11, 2004"

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Information Source 4:

"Dennis Brown, Innocence Project database"

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