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Jack Graves Favor

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Life Imprisonment

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Judicially Exonerated Released

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Wrongly convicted of a double murder and sentenced to life in prison based on the testimony of the prosecution's star witness, who was the actual murderer. Jack Favor had been a rodeo star, and with the aid of a jailhouse lawyer filed a writ of habeas corpus that was denied by the Louisiana state courts, but granted by a federal judge. Favor was acquitted after his retrial in 1974 and he was released after seven years wrongful imprisonment. Favor filed a false imprisonment lawsuit against the State of Louisiana, which was settled for $55,000. While imprisoned Favor participated in the first Angola Rodeo opened to the public in 1967, and the rodeo became the largest annual prison rodeo in the United States.

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Perjurious testimony by the prosecution's star witness, the actual murderer.

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Acquitted after a retrial.

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Information Source 1:

“In Spite of Innocence: Erroneous Convictions in Capital Cases,” Michael L Radelet, HugoAdam Bedau, and Constance E. Putnam, Northeastern University Press, Boston, 1996 pb ed. with new forward, 302 ( © 1992).

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Angola Prison Rodeo -- 40 Years of Guts & Glory

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