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Conviction Dismissed Against Former High School Football Player

Posted: May 25, 2012 4:00 pm

Kidnapping and rape charges against a former Southern California high school player were dismissed Thursday in a Los Angeles County Superior Court. In 2002, Brian Banks was accused by a classmate of the crimes and took a plea to avoid trial and the risk of a 41-year prison sentence.
 
The alleged victim claimed that she had been forced to the school’s basement and raped without a condom, but DNA testing did not find sperm on her underwear. Banks pleaded to one count of forcible rape and spent five years in prison. Upon his release, he was forced to register as a sex offender and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.
 
After Banks was released, the alleged victim contacted him on Facebook. She eventually admitted to him what he already knew—that there had been no kidnap and no rape. She offered to help him clear his record if it didn’t affect the $1.5 million settlement she received from the school district after her family filed a lawsuit about the incident.
 
Banks recorded their conversations and took the evidence to the California Innocence Project. Director Justin Brooks presented prosecutors with the project’s findings, and they agreed the case should be dismissed.
 
Read more about the case in the Los Angeles Times.



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Football Dreams Rekindled for Recent Exoneree

Posted: May 31, 2012 4:30 pm

One week after kidnapping and rape charges against a former Southern California high school football player were dismissed, multiple NFL teams have come calling. Brian Banks was forced to give up on his collegiate football dreams in 2002 when he took a plea deal to avoid trial and the risk of a lengthy prison sentence. His case gained notoriety last week when he was exonerated of the charges after serving five years in prison and another five years as a registered sex offender.

Banks is represented by the California Innocence Project, and in the week since charges were dismissed against him, it  has received calls from several professional football teams inviting him for workouts and tryouts.

Before charges were brought against him, Banks had a verbal commitment to play college ball at the University of Southern California for coach Pete Carroll who left the university to coach the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks in 2010.

Next Thursday, Banks could get his big break when he tries out for Carroll who now coaches for the Seattle  Seahawks.

Read more about Banks in ESPN and the New York Daily News.



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Tune In: California Exoneree Featured on 60 Minutes

Posted: March 22, 2013 2:30 pm





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First Exoneree to Play Professional Football Inks a Deal With Atlanta Falcons

Posted: April 4, 2013 4:20 pm





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Life of California Exoneree Coming to the Silver Screen

Posted: January 10, 2014 5:00 pm





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Lee Daniels to Direct Film about California Exoneree

Posted: August 8, 2014 1:30 pm





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