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John Purvis

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Life Imprisonment

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Judicially Exonerated Released

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Wrongly convicted in 1983 of murdering a neighbor woman and her infant daughter based on his confession after intense interrogation. John Purvis was sentenced to life in prison plus two 20 years terms. Purvis' confession was revealed as false and he was exonerated and released in 1993 when two other men were identified as the actual perpetrators and arrested and charged with the murders.

Conviction Caused By:

False confession

Innocence Proved By:

Actual murderers identified.

Defendant Aided By:

"Steve Wisotsky, a law professor at Nova University in Fort Lauderdale. Professor Wisotsky wrote the law review article, "Miscarriages of Justice: Their Causes and Cures," 9 St. Thomas L. Rev. 547 (1996-1997"

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Man Imprisoned 9 Years in Killing Is Freed as 2 Suspects Are Found, The New York Times, January 17, 1993

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South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 9, 1995

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