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Gerald Burge



Second Degree Murder


Life Imprisonment without possibility of parole

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St. Tammany

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Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Gerald Burge was wrongly convicted in 1986 of a 1980 murder in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Burge was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Burge filed a post-conviction petition for a new trial based on evidence discovered after trial that multiple prosecution witnesses had falsely testifed at the behest of the investigating police officer. Burge was granted a new trial and he was acquitted after a retrail in 1992. Burge sued the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office and the investigating officer in federal court. The jury awarded Burge $4.3 million, but the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the award because the jury didn't specify how much was to be paid by the sheriff's office and how much by the officer. The State of Louisiana awarded Burge compensation of $150,000."

Conviction Caused By:

Chief investigating police officer induced multiple witnesses ot commit perjury.

Innocence Proved By:

Burge was acquitted after a retrial in 1992.

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Compensation Awarded:

"$150,000 (State of Louisiana)"

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"Gerald Burge, Innocence Project New Orleans"

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