When someone is convicted of a crime in Oregon, depending on the severity of the situation, he or she may be able to appeal. In successful cases, individuals who have been previously charged with a crime may be able to have their actions expunged. If they are serving in prison, they may be exonerated and able to live life freely. However, in these types of situations, it can be difficult for people who have been previously convicted to resume living life normally without facing intense ridicule from others.
In a recent case that has captured national attention, a Detroit man has been cleared of a murder conviction after having served in prison for 45 years. When the man was 27-years-old, he was convicted of murdering another man who had been dragged from his vehicle and shot. After contending for years that he was innocent and had nothing to do with the murder, he tried unsuccessfully to appeal his conviction on several different occasions. A break in the case came after another man who had also been convicted for his role in the murder admitted that his initial testimony was false and he had murdered the victim on his own.
Once he was granted a new trial, the wrongfully convicted man was exonerated and released from prison after a long-awaited path to freedom. The man's attorney said they are fighting to get him the compensation he deserves after having suffered the consequences of being imprisoned on a conviction that was incorrect.
If someone has been wrongfully convicted of a crime he or she did not commit, an attorney may be able to provide some relief. A legal professional can help individuals work through an appeals court by thoroughly examining the facts of the case.
Source: KSHB Kansas City, "This man spent more years behind bars than any other wrongfully imprisoned person in America," Mar. 31, 2018