Yesterday, Roy Brown became the 196th person exonerated by DNA evidence, and the eighth in New York State in just over a year. He wore a black T-shirt to court that read “Not Guilty” and he was accompanied by Innocence Project Co-Director Peter Neufeld and Staff Attorney Nina Morrison.
Brown had served 15 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, and it was his legal groundwork that pinpointed the man who actually committed the crime.
The prosecutor referred to three tragedies in the case: Sabina Kulakowski's murder, that her likely killer will never be prosecuted, and the "incarceration of Roy Brown for murder when newly discovered DNA evidence shows that his steadfast claims of innocence have merit, and I can honestly say I regret that, Mr. Brown." …
(Brown) claimed prosecutors withheld from defense lawyers a contrary opinion on the bite-mark evidence that helped convict him and witness affidavits that implicated Bench and failed to investigate the jailhouse informant to who claimed Brown confessed his guilt.
"You can't frame anybody more than that," Brown said.
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(Syracuse Post-Standard, 03/06/07, LexisNexis subscription required)
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