Entries tagged with “Charles Ray Finch

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Innocence

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Apr 03, 2020

2019 Exoneration Report: Official Misconduct and Perjury Remain Leading Causes of Wrongful Homicide Convictions

Official mis­con­duct and per­jury or false accu­sa­tion con­tin­ue to be the main rea­sons inno­cent men and women are wrong­ful­ly con­vict­ed in America, accord­ing to the 2019 annu­al report by the National Registry of Exonerations. That mis­con­duct, the report indi­cates, is most preva­lent in cas­es involv­ing the most seri­ous crim­i­nal charges.

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Innocence

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Feb 01, 2019

42 Years After Death Sentence, Federal Appeals Court Says Charles Ray Finch Actually Innocent’

A fed­er­al appeals court has found 80-year-old Charles Ray Finch (pic­tured) actu­al­ly inno­cent” of the mur­der for which he was con­vict­ed and sen­tenced to death in North Carolina 42 years ago. The pro­nounce­ment came in a unan­i­mous rul­ing issued by a three-judge pan­el of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on January 25, 2019. In that deci­sion, Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory wrote that Finch has over­come the exact­ing stan­dard for actu­al inno­cence through suf­fi­cient­ly alleg­ing and pro­vid­ing new evi­dence of a con­sti­tu­tion­al vio­la­tion and through demonstrating…

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Race

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Jun 26, 2019

Charles Ray Finch Becomes 166th Death-Row Exoneree as North Carolina Prosecutor Formally Drops All Charges

In July 1976, false foren­sic tes­ti­mo­ny and an eye­wit­ness iden­ti­fi­ca­tion manip­u­lat­ed by police mis­con­duct sent Charles Ray Finch to North Carolinas death row. Forty-three years lat­er, he has become the 166th per­son in the United States since 1973 to be exon­er­at­ed after hav­ing been wrong­ful­ly con­vict­ed and sen­tenced to death. On June 14, 2019, after a fed­er­al appeals court said Finch had proven his actu­al inno­cence” and a fed­er­al dis­trict court had giv­en the state 30 days to decide whether to attempt to retry him, the Wilson County District Attorney…

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Innocence

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Prosecutorial Accountability

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May 24, 2019

Former North Carolina Death-Row Prisoner Charles Ray Finch Freed After 43 Years

A North Carolina man wrong­ly con­vict­ed and sen­tenced to death based upon false foren­sic tes­ti­mo­ny and an eye­wit­ness iden­ti­fi­ca­tion manip­u­lat­ed by police mis­con­duct has been freed from prison after 43 years. On May 23, 2019, fed­er­al dis­trict court judge Terrence Boyle ordered North Carolina to release for­mer death-row pris­on­er Charles Ray Finch (pic­tured with his mem­bers of his legal team) from cus­tody, five months after a unan­i­mous pan­el of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found Finch actu­al­ly inno­cent” of the mur­der. Finch, now 81 years old,…