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Roy A. Brown





25 years to life imprisonment

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New York

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Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Roy A. Brown was wrongly convicted of the May 23, 1991 murder and rape of a 16-year-old girl he had never met in a town he had never been in. Prior to his 1992 trial the prosecution acknowledged that testing of blood and saliva samples by a world-renowned forensic scientist excluded Roy Brown as the woman's attacker. Prior to his trial Brown offered to give a sample of his DNA to prove his innocence, but the prosecutor refused. Brown was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In 2006 DNA tests were finally conducted and they excluded Brown. He was released from prison on January 23, 2007. The prosecution dropped the charges on March 5, 2007. From the time of his arrest Brown was wrongly imprisoned for 15-1/2 years. In May 2007 Brown filed a claim for $5 million compensation from New York State, and in November 2008 a judge ruled the state was liable, allowing the case to go to trial. On December 2008 the State agreed to settle Brown's claim for $2,600,000."

Conviction Caused By:

"Perjury by a police informant. Prosecutorial misconduct of concealing favorable lab reports, and the refusal of the prosecutor to agree to DNA testing that would prove Johnson's innocence."

Innocence Proved By:

"Conviction vacated on January 23, 2007 based on DNA tests unavailable at the time of his trial."

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Compensation Awarded:

$2.6 million from State of New York (December 2008)

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Information Source 1:

"NY judge awards $2.6M for wrongful imprisonment, Associated Press, December 9, 2008"

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""DNA Testing To Prove Brown's Innocence""

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"DNA Proves Innocence of Convicted Men, by John Kekis (AP), Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 24, 2007, p. A12"

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Information Source 4:

"More Evidence in Roy Brown Case, By John Stith, The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), January 19, 2007"

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Information Source 5:

"NY judge awards $2.6M for wrongful imprisonment, Associated Press story, Staten Island Advance, December 9, 2008"

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