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Innocent 'rabbi killer' freed in NY

A New York judge frees a man unjustly convicted of murdering a rabbi 23 years ago, offering what she acknowledged was a "grossly inadequate" apology.


New York man to be freed after serving 22 years for a murder he didn't commit; police had manipulated evidence.

In the wintry darkness 23 years ago on a back street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a jewelry thief fleeing a botched robbery panicked and shot a Hasidic rabbi in the head. Four days later, the rabbi, Chaskel Werzberger, an Auschwitz survivor, died of his wounds. Even in the New York City of 1990, as homicides crested at 2,245, the murder stirred grief and outrage. The “Slain Rabbi” was front-page tabloid news. Mayor David N. Dinkins traveled to Williamsburg’s Satmar enclave to sit in mourning and to offer a $10,000 reward.


Man exonerated after 35 years in prison

Man exonerated after 35 years in prison

After more than three decades in prison, a man in Florida was set free Thursday after a DNA test showed he did not kidnap and rape a 9-year-old boy in 1974.


Rape, Murder Charges Dismissed Against Man Who Served 20 Years

A Connecticut judge dismissed murder and rape charges Wednesday against a man who spent two decades in prison before DNA testing showed he could not have committed the crimes.


Wisconsin man freed 23 years after wrongful conviction

A man sentenced to life in prison for killing a woman in 1984 had his conviction overturned and was released Friday after spending 23 years behind bars.


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