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2013-11-21 11:00:48 AM
sipped orange juice as he finally dined on something other than prison grub, chowing down on chicken wings and chili.

And then he said, "it will nice being able to have the shiats without everyone watching."
 
2013-11-21 11:27:24 AM
In Texas he would have been executed years ago, saving the state from the embarrasment of having sent an innocent man to prison and having an awkward living reminder of this mistake.
 
2013-11-21 11:31:18 AM
Another reason Deacon got a retrial was the recantation of witness Colleen Campbell, who testified she had seen the murderer fleeing the crime scene

Campbell now claims she knew it wasn't Deacon, but she'd feared identifying a member of the Jamaican gang.


What a biatch.
 
2013-11-21 11:36:30 AM

kbronsito: In Texas he would have been executed years ago, saving the state from the embarrasment of having sent an innocent man to prison and having an awkward living reminder of this mistake.


In fairness it's more fiscally responsible to execute an innocent person than imprison them for years.  Do you realize how much money the government wastes on prisons every year?
 
2013-11-21 11:36:43 AM
Are they going to try the witness whose perjury caused the imprisonment of an innocent man for 25 years?

Probably past the statute of limitations, but I hope what she did to this man haunts every minute of every day of her life.
 
2013-11-21 11:37:46 AM
What Lorelle said. W...t...f...
 
2013-11-21 11:38:48 AM
Wow.

That's both great, and that really sucks. 25 years of his life, swirled down a toilet because some biatch couldn't be arsed to ask about witness protection. He must have discovered the patience of a saint.
 
2013-11-21 11:40:38 AM
In our numbers driven cj system, the innocent get convicted more than most would think.
 
2013-11-21 11:40:41 AM
I'm waiting for the follow up piece where he sues the lady that wrongfully accused him of the crime.
 
2013-11-21 11:41:25 AM

Lorelle: Another reason Deacon got a retrial was the recantation of witness Colleen Campbell, who testified she had seen the murderer fleeing the crime scene

Campbell now claims she knew it wasn't Deacon, but she'd feared identifying a member of the Jamaican gang.

What a biatch.


She wasn't lyingt o get a conviction, because she was getting paid off or totake time off fro something she did. Being afraid is one of the few reasons I can empathize with.
 
2013-11-21 11:42:27 AM

starsrift: Wow.

That's both great, and that really sucks. 25 years of his life, swirled down a toilet because some biatch couldn't be arsed to ask about witness protection. He must have discovered the patience of a saint.


Or have said "It wasn't him, and I'm not saying any more"
 
2013-11-21 11:42:41 AM
Derrick Deacon, center, celebrates with his lawyer Rebecca Freedman Wednesday after being released from prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Yes she did.
 
2013-11-21 11:44:51 AM

"The lawyers who worked almost seven years to set him free, joined him for the celebration."


Glad the lawyers were so persistent to spend seven years to right a wrong. Even though a witness did lie to get this guy in jail, I still feel like the prosecutors and detectives in the original case probably did a shoddy job.

 
2013-11-21 11:46:14 AM
I'm afraid I'd be out choking one MacLiar and then making a certain Jamaican asshole disappear.
 
2013-11-21 11:46:16 AM

BafflerMeal: In our numbers driven cj system,


I don't know which circle jerks you're participating in, but most of the ones I've been a part of are definitely not numbers driven.
 
2013-11-21 11:46:49 AM

liam76: Lorelle: Another reason Deacon got a retrial was the recantation of witness Colleen Campbell, who testified she had seen the murderer fleeing the crime scene

Campbell now claims she knew it wasn't Deacon, but she'd feared identifying a member of the Jamaican gang.

What a biatch.

She wasn't lyingt o get a conviction, because she was getting paid off or totake time off fro something she did. Being afraid is one of the few reasons I can empathize with.


She didn't say, "No, that's not the guy." She positively IDed him. She COULD have said, "I didn't see that clearly, your honour."
 
2013-11-21 11:46:54 AM

I_Am_Weasel: Or have said "It wasn't him, and I'm not saying any more"


Yeah, exactly.


Farce-Side: BafflerMeal: In our numbers driven cj system,

I don't know which circle jerks you're participating in, but most of the ones I've been a part of are definitely not numbers driven.


Try TotalFark sometime. ;)
 
2013-11-21 11:47:06 AM

liam76: She wasn't lyingt o get a conviction, because she was getting paid off or totake time off fro something she did. Being afraid is one of the few reasons I can empathize with.


All she had to say was that Deacon wasn't the gunman.  She didn't have to say it was the man in the Jamaican gang.  She helped steal 25 years of someone's life.
I can appreciate fear for safety, but this was way too far.
 
2013-11-21 11:47:09 AM
I can see why they thought he was guilty:

i.imgur.com

/That's right.  I went there.
 
2013-11-21 11:48:39 AM
"He was given a new trial in 2012 after a Jamaican gangbanger was fingered for the crime. "

Damn I have to pay good money for that kind of attention and that gangbanger got it for free?
 
2013-11-21 11:48:43 AM
To the moron was defending our justice system in the Zimmerman thread.

This.
 
2013-11-21 11:49:57 AM

Xenomech: I can see why they thought he was guilty:

[i.imgur.com image 720x480]

/That's right.  I went there.


My god what I wouldn't give to get a tough jewish handjob from that chick.
 
2013-11-21 11:50:02 AM

Lorelle: Another reason Deacon got a retrial was the recantation of witness Colleen Campbell, who testified she had seen the murderer fleeing the crime scene

Campbell now claims she knew it wasn't Deacon, but she'd feared identifying a member of the Jamaican gang.

What a biatch.

"


The punishment for perjury in this case should be for her to go and be locked up for 25 years.  Yes, it is good that she finally admitted that she lied and that is what got him a new trial, but that person should pay for what they did.  In this type of situation I would say that the worst crime here was hers, she put an innocent person in jail so that she could let a murderer go free.
 
2013-11-21 11:50:51 AM

BigMax: Are they going to try the witness whose perjury caused the imprisonment of an innocent man for 25 years?

Probably past the statute of limitations, but I hope what she did to this man haunts every minute of every day of her life.


I suppose the double edged sword is if there was a strong penalty against them without limitations or the ability to waive it, they'd never recant. But fark...if you're caught in perjury that costs another human being their freedom, you should face at least as long in prison as you could've cost them.

And yeah, if she was scared she could've simply said she couldn't ID anyone, not falsely accused an innocent man costing him 25 years of his farking life. And if that happened to me, you'd best hope the state killed me. I do not think I could be forgiving.
 
2013-11-21 11:52:05 AM

Xenomech: I can see why they thought he was guilty:

[i.imgur.com image 720x480]

/That's right.  I went there.


I'd let his lawyer handle my case, ifyouknowwhatimeanandithinkyoudo.
 
2013-11-21 11:53:15 AM

fruitloop: Derrick Deacon, center, celebrates with his lawyer Rebecca Freedman Wednesday after being released from prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Yes she did.


Lawyer farked him?
 
2013-11-21 11:53:16 AM
It's the Post, so it's crap
 
2013-11-21 11:54:11 AM
I'd like to give the lawyer a special "thank you" for the work she put in.

//I couldn't even tell you what it is about her...
 
2013-11-21 11:54:47 AM

Lady Indica: And yeah, if she was scared she could've simply said she couldn't ID anyone, not falsely accused an innocent man costing him 25 years of his farking life. And if that happened to me, you'd best hope the state killed me. I do not think I could be forgiving.

'


Something surprising happens when you are pissed off about something for a very long time, you start to let it go.

You know how you are pissed off when you call tech support, and when you initially have to wait it pisses you off even more.  But once you hit the second hour you aren't mad anymore, you just want the issue fixed so that you can go on with your life.

At this point I would think he just wants to get on with his life.
 
2013-11-21 11:55:51 AM

liam76: Lorelle: Another reason Deacon got a retrial was the recantation of witness Colleen Campbell, who testified she had seen the murderer fleeing the crime scene

Campbell now claims she knew it wasn't Deacon, but she'd feared identifying a member of the Jamaican gang.

What a biatch.

She wasn't lyingt o get a conviction, because she was getting paid off or totake time off fro something she did. Being afraid is one of the few reasons I can empathize with.


Not when she testifies an innocent person did it.  If she was afraid then she should have just shut her pie-hole, not send this guy to jail for 25 years.
 
2013-11-21 11:58:30 AM
Another reason Deacon got a retrial was the recantation of witness Colleen Campbell, who testified she had seen the murderer fleeing the crime scene.  Campbell now claims she knew it wasn't Deacon, but she'd feared identifying a member of the Jamaican gang.

Sounds to me like this chick should be sent away for 25 years.
 
2013-11-21 11:59:48 AM
Andy crawled to freedom through 500 yards of foulness I can't even imagine. 500 yards; that's the length of 5 football fields, just shy of half a mile.
 
2013-11-21 12:05:09 PM
Don't you know? We're all innocent here.

/Lawyer screwed me
 
2013-11-21 12:06:56 PM
Deacon, 58, who gave up smoking and alcohol behind bars, sipped orange juice as he finally dined on something other than prison grub, chowing down on chicken wings and chili

*Looks at photo.

Yeah they're going to hook up in the next two weeks. Oh and Deacon, that's not orange juice in your glass. Apple cider maybe.
 
2013-11-21 12:10:03 PM

fanbladesaresharp: Oh and Deacon, that's not orange juice in your glass. Apple cider maybe.

"


His hand is not the one with the black fingernail polish.  He is holding the glass next to it, the one with a straw in it.
 
2013-11-21 12:10:56 PM
I can't imagine the anger and frustration of being Duframed for a crime. It would be enough to drive me to murder.
 
2013-11-21 12:17:16 PM

gopher321: liam76: Lorelle: Another reason Deacon got a retrial was the recantation of witness Colleen Campbell, who testified she had seen the murderer fleeing the crime scene

Campbell now claims she knew it wasn't Deacon, but she'd feared identifying a member of the Jamaican gang.

What a biatch.

She wasn't lyingt o get a conviction, because she was getting paid off or totake time off fro something she did. Being afraid is one of the few reasons I can empathize with.

She didn't say, "No, that's not the guy." She positively IDed him. She COULD have said, "I didn't see that clearly, your honour."


All of this. She should have STFU instead of picking the wrong guy. I grew up in a rough neighborhood and was never presented with this fortunately but I would have never have done this. I would have went with "no clue" and been done with it.

I hope she rots and karma has treated as she deserved
 
2013-11-21 12:21:24 PM

iheartscotch: Andy crawled to freedom through 500 yards of foulness I can't even imagine. 500 yards; that's the length of 5 football fields, just shy of half a mile.


For some reason, it's always bothered me that they said "just shy of half a mile" instead of "just over a third of a mile".  500 yards is closer to a quarter mile than a half.
 
2013-11-21 12:24:11 PM
Lorelle: Another reason Deacon got a retrial was the recantation of witness Colleen Campbell, who testified she had seen the murderer fleeing the crime scene

Campbell now claims she knew it wasn't Deacon, but she'd feared identifying a member of the Jamaican gang.

What a biatch.


Shouldnt she be in trouble for withholding information as a witness?
 
2013-11-21 12:24:29 PM
There is a lot more to the witness story.  Cops and prosecutors threatened to take her kids, forcing her to testify.  On the stand she stated that she wasn't sure if he was the gunman, risking the ire of the prosecutor.  The testimony that put him away was from another unnamed individual.  NY Post is giving this lady the shaft by not telling the whole story, and neglecting to include the information about crooked cops and prosecutors.

From the New York Times:
"Among those to testify at that hearing, in June 2009, was Colleen Campbell, a witness at the original trial whom defense lawyers had expected to say that the man she had seen flee the scene of the murder with a gun was not Mr. Deacon but who hedged on the stand and said she could not be sure. At the new hearing, she said she had been pressured by the police or prosecutors to provide "vague" testimony at trial and that the man she saw looked nothing like Mr. Deacon. "I was fearful of the real perpetrator and others who may have been associated with him," she said in an affidavit filed as part of the motion. "Being noncommittal about Fire seemed to be the safest and easiest approach at the time." "

From the Village Voice:
"She lied, she testified in Deacon's retrial, because investigators threatened to have her children taken away if she didn't.
Campbell came face to face with the shooter moments after the murder. She'd been in the hallway to pick up some baby food from her brother's apartment when the gunman ran past.
She told police the man was definitely not Deacon. She knew Deacon's face well. He was homeless and often walked through her building asking for work.
But soon after, investigators -- from the police department and/or the prosecutors office -- came to her home and ordered that she provide "vague" testimony at the trial, she recalled two decades later. They mentioned finding bleach at her apartment and calling child services.
When Campbell took the stand, she said that she couldn't tell whether or not the man who ran past her was Deacon. Another witness identified Deacon as the shooter. Deacon was convicted based on the account of that single eye witness.
"
 
GBB
2013-11-21 12:29:07 PM
And lemme guess: he's not going to see 1 dime in compensation because the rightly convicted an innocent man with the "evidence" they had before them?
 
2013-11-21 12:30:16 PM

kbronsito: In Texas he would have been executed years ago, saving the state from the embarrasment of having sent an innocent man to prison and having an awkward living reminder of this mistake.


Coral Euqene Watts would disagree.  He was a serial killer in Texas.  Not only that, he was black.  Texas not only didn't give him the death penalty, they were going to let him out of prison.  It's only because Michigan extradited him that he died in prison.

Why isn't Colleen Campbell in prison though?

Face it, our "justice" system if farked.  It's not just Texas.
 
2013-11-21 12:30:51 PM

Jeng: Lorelle: Another reason Deacon got a retrial was the recantation of witness Colleen Campbell, who testified she had seen the murderer fleeing the crime scene

Campbell now claims she knew it wasn't Deacon, but she'd feared identifying a member of the Jamaican gang.

What a biatch."


The punishment for perjury in this case should be for her to go and be locked up for 25 years.  Yes, it is good that she finally admitted that she lied and that is what got him a new trial, but that person should pay for what they did.  In this type of situation I would say that the worst crime here was hers, she put an innocent person in jail so that she could let a murderer go free.



I'm torn without knowing the specifics surrounding it (even though I'm definately leaning towards "biatch"). My first inclination is to tell her that she should have just shut her farking mouth. If shedidn't want to be the one to finger the real killer then she should have just said nothing at all. Don't run and say, "I saw it...but ummm...yeah, it was the other guy". But if she tried to be a witness and the police weren't giving her protection and when they lined the people up the real killer looked at her through the glass with the, "I've killed before, I will kill again" look then I don't know how I can expect her to react. Its a moment when heroes are made. She could have taken the chanceand pointed out the real killer and faced the very real possibility that she would be killed by him or a member of his gang. Or, she could do what it appears that she did and save her own life at the expense of someone elses. I think she chose poorly.
 
GBB
2013-11-21 12:31:59 PM

Farce-Side: BafflerMeal: In our numbers driven cj system,

I don't know which circle jerks you're participating in, but most of the ones I've been a part of are definitely not numbers driven.


Are you on the front lines or in the back rooms?
 
2013-11-21 12:34:09 PM

kbronsito: In Texas he would have been executed years ago, saving the state from the embarrasment of having sent an innocent man to prison and having an awkward living reminder of this mistake.


Well, in Texas a prosecutor (later,  judge) got convicted of knowingly falsely convicting a man of murder and sending him to jail for 25 farking years.

He got 10 days in jail. Served 4.

yay justice.
 
2013-11-21 12:34:53 PM

Lorelle: Another reason Deacon got a retrial was the recantation of witness Colleen Campbell, who testified she had seen the murderer fleeing the crime scene

Campbell now claims she knew it wasn't Deacon, but she'd feared identifying a member of the Jamaican gang.

What a biatch.


She should go to jail for a farking long time.
 
2013-11-21 12:37:03 PM

GBB: Farce-Side: BafflerMeal: In our numbers driven cj system,

I don't know which circle jerks you're participating in, but most of the ones I've been a part of are definitely not numbers driven.

Are you on the front lines or in the back rooms?


Sounds like he's at around 3 o'clock.
 
2013-11-21 12:43:05 PM
What will he do now? He lost a big chunk of his life and I dont think prison skills translate well to the workplace. I hope the state will cut him a check for his lost years.
 
2013-11-21 12:46:55 PM
After what Narcischizm posted, the focus of my anger has shifted.  Damn...
 
2013-11-21 12:49:38 PM
 

Narcischizm: There is a lot more to the witness story.  Cops and prosecutors threatened to take her kids, forcing her to testify.  On the stand she stated that she wasn't sure if he was the gunman, risking the ire of the prosecutor.  The testimony that put him away was from another unnamed individual.  NY Post is giving this lady the shaft by not telling the whole story, and neglecting to include the information about crooked cops and prosecutors."

Thank you for providing that information.  Changed my view of things.


groppet: What will he do now? He lost a big chunk of his life and I dont think prison skills translate well to the workplace. I hope the state will cut him a check for his lost years.

"


Apparently this was a case of the cops framing the local homeless person so it isn't like he had a thriving career prior to going to jail.  He should still of course sue the state and get enough to live on for the rest of his life as restitution for the 25 years of time served in prison.
 
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