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Gyronne Buckley



Drug Related (Possession or sale)


Life Imprisonment - then resentenced to 56 years

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Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Gyronne Buckley was wrongly convicted in May 1999 of two counts of delivering a controlled substance. The prosecution's key evidence was testimony by a police informant. After his conviction by a jury Buckley was sentenced to two terms of life in prison. In affirming his convictions in 2000 the Arkansas Supreme Court remanded him for resentencing that resulted in his resentencing to two consecutive 28 year prison terms. Post-conviction Buckley discovered documentary and videotape evidence supporting that the informant had been coached to commit perjury by the lead police officer involved in Buckley's case. Based on the prosecutorial misconduct of the failure to disclose the favorable evidence Buckley's conviction was vacated on November 1, 2010, the charges were dismissed, and he was released after 11-1-2 years of imprisonment. Buckley was awarded compensation of $460,000 on December 17, 2013 by the Arkansas Claims Commission. On July 8, 2014 an Arkansas legislative panel reversed the Commission's ruling and dismissed Buckley's claim on the basis that he was not found "not guilty." Buckley's filed a federal civil rights lawsuit that was dismissed."

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Innocence Proved By:

"Gyronne Buckley's conviction was vacated on November 1, 2010, the charges were dismissed, and he was released after 11-1-2 years of imprisonment."

Defendant Aided By:

"Tom Sullivan, a professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School,"

Compensation Awarded:

Denied by State of Arkansas and federal civil rights lawsuit dismissed.

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Information Source 1:

"Man awarded $460,000 in wrongful conviction claim, By Rob Moritz (Arkansas News Bureau), The Commercial (Pine Bluff), December 17, 2013"

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"Arkansas State Claims Commission, Docket for Dec. 12 &13, 2013"

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"“Brady-Based Prosecutorial Misconduct Claims, Buckley, and the Arkansas Coram Nobis Remedy,” By Law Professor J. Thomas Sullivan, 561 Arkansas Law Review 64)"

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"Arkansas lawmakers reject $460K claim for man whose drug conviction was vacated over evidence, By Andrew DeMillo (AP reporter), The Republic (Columbus, Indiana) July 8, 2014"

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