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Racist Woman Caught On Video Making False Rape Accusations – The fear of being summarily tortured and murdered by lynch mobs was enough to keep black boys and men “in their place” and away from white women. In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi just for speaking to a white woman.

Furthermore, Atlantic Black Star reports the number of white people falsely accusing black people of crimes is terrifying. Out of 1,525 people exonerated for crimes in 2015, 715 of them were black.

And speaking of false rape accusations…Remember the five black and hispanic boys whom Hillary Clinton was likely referring to when she coined the term “super predators?” They didn’t do it. In 1989 they were found guilty of assaulting the Trisha Meili (the “Central Park jogger“). But those convictions were thrown out in 2002 — 13 years later! — after another man confessed to the crime and the DNA evidence matched up.

And in case you think things are better now, they’re not. According to Ohio Dominican University’s Dr. Chenelle Jones, a criminologist, 90 percent of black men facing false rape accusations are advised by their legal counsel to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence.

White Teen Arrested After Falsely Accusing Three Black Men Of Rape | News One – “Breana Harmon Talbott’s hoax was also insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax. The anger and hurts caused from such a hoax are difficult and so unnecessary.”

The whole incident transpired after police responded to a call from Talbott’s fiance who reported her missing. After discovering her unmanned vehicle outside of her apartment building, along with her belongings, police located her at New Creation Church.

Talbott claimed she was approached by three men in ski masks who forced her into a black SUV, afterwards sexually assaulting her in the woods.

BOSS Sports | A criminologist explains: 90% of black men falsely accused of rape are accused by white women – So, to dig into this issue, I reached out to a real criminologist who understands these issues better than the rest of us. She doesn’t rely solely on emotion to make her point, but has actually spent years studying these issues. She isn’t using talking points for a political agenda to promote bogus scientific research, but has instead spent many years immersed in rigorous academic literature on this important topic.

Dr. Chenelle Jones at Ohio Dominican University, in the context of this interview about the Central Park 5, says that there is a study (among others) which argues that a very large percentage of the black men who are falsely accused of rape in America are accused by white women. I didn’t specifically ask Dr. Jones about rape, but it was a relevant topic, since the Central Park 5 consisted of five black and Latino teenagers who were falsely accused of raping a wealthy white woman.

The study’s results don’t surprise anyone who is familiar with the history of America’s criminal justice system, where thousands of black men have had their lives ruined by false allegations because others (including black people) either refuse to talk about it or don’t believe them. There is also no surprise when one considers how defendants (especially black males) are railroaded by the criminal justice system after being weighed down by a presumption of guilt. Most of these individuals who are falsely accused are doomed by the mere allegation. Black male defendants don’t typically have the vast financial resources necessary to fight their charges, and they are more likely to be racially profiled and arrested in the first place.

Former football star Brian Banks, who served five years in prison for rape he didn’t commit, disgusted by Brock Turner ruling  – NY Daily News – “It was like I was not even in the room,” he said Monday. “I felt like I wasn’t a human being. I was a number.”

He naturally has been paying close attention to the rape case of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, 20, who was convicted on three felony counts related to a 2015 sexual assault on an unconscious and intoxicated woman, who is now 23. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner on Friday to just six months in county jail — he could get it reduced to three months with good behavior.

Banks, who works in the NFL’s Los Angeles office, was 16 years old when he was accused of rape and tried as an adult. He was sent to juvenile hall for a year before his case came up. He faced 41 years to life in prison and first turned down plea deals for 25, 18 and nine years. Why? He didn’t do it. He finally agreed to undergo 90 days of observation in Chico State Prison with assurances from his attorney that he would then get probation. It was a better option, he was told, than a young black kid facing an all-white jury.

Scottsboro Boys, Trial and Defense Campaign (1931–1937) | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed – The Scottsboro Boys were nine young black men, falsely accused of raping two white women on board a train near Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931. Convicted and facing execution, the case of Charlie Weems, Ozie Powell, Clarence Norris, Olen Montgomery, Willie Roberson, Haywood Patterson, Eugene Williams, and Andrew and Leroy Wright sparked international demonstrations and succeeded in both highlighting the racism of the American legal system and in overturning the conviction.

On March 25, 1931, nine unemployed young black men, illegally riding the rails and looking for work, were taken off a freight train at Scottsboro, Alabama and held on a minor charge. The Scottsboro deputies found two white women, Ruby Bates and Victoria Price, and pressured them into accusing the nine youths of raping them on board the train. The charge of raping white women was an explosive accusation, and within two weeks the Scottsboro Boys were convicted and eight sentenced to death, the youngest, Leroy Wright at age 13, to life imprisonment.

The American Communist Party (CP), in this period at the height of its organizing focus in the American South against racism and economic exploitation, immediately took the case on, and largely through activist efforts, sparked a mass defense movement. The CP brought in their legal arm, the International Labor Defense (ILD) to represent the nine. After two trials in which an all-white jury, fueled by a biased Alabama press, convicted the nine, the ILD and the CP began a national protest campaign to overturn the conviction, marked by numerous street marches, national and international speaking tours, and popular songs. Because of their principled leadership in the campaign, the CP gained much widespread respect among African Americans and civil rights activists. When they traveled to Washington, D.C. to demonstrate, the CP stopped at segregated restaurants to stage sit-ins against discrimination, helping to turn the campaign into a trial of the system of segregation and racism in America, presaging the sit-in tactics of the 1960s civil rights movement.

White Woman Pleads Guilty to Falsely Accusing 2 Black Men of Rape – First she said that two black men violently raped her. Then she said they didn’t. Then she said she’d only accused the men of rape because she was trying to gain the interest of a potential boyfriend. Then she said she never told police that she was raped at all. Now she admits that she lied about the lie she lied about.

On Tuesday, after a jury had already been selected and her trial was about to begin, Nikki Yovino changed her mind again; she stood in front of Superior Court Judge Maureen Dennis and pleaded guilty to making up the story of how a pair of Sacred Heart University football players had dragged her into a bathroom during a party and sexually assaulted her.

Lying White Woman Who Falsely Accused 2 Black Men of Rape Now Accuses Police of Lying on Her – As in many cases like this, both players claimed that the sex was consensual, but were forced to withdraw from the school after they were stripped of their athletic scholarships. Still, the police investigated and noticed a few inconsistencies in the pure young lady’s story.

One person told the cops that Yovino loudly proclaimed that she was going to have sex with the two fellow students. Others recounted that Yovino was actually the one who coerced the men into the bathroom.

Yovino eventually told the police that she had not been intoxicated and had had sex with the men willingly and that she had made up the allegations to get a prospective boyfriend to have sympathy for her. Police charged her with false reporting of an incident and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

The beautiful baby, who dropped out of Sacred Heart and now works as a real estate agent, faces six years in prison if she is convicted. She elected to reject a plea deal of one year in jail followed by three years’ probation and will face a jury trial instead. But Yovino stunned the court during a hearing Wednesday when she revealed her defense:

10 Black Men Recently Freed After Decades of False Imprisonment

EXCLUSIVE: Innocent BK man freed after 24 years in prison opens up about ordeal – NY Daily News – The 27-year-old Brooklyn man stood accused of gunning down Darryl Rush, 22, at the Williamsburg Houses in Aug. 1989.

Fleming did fit the profile of a murderer. He was an ex-con and one-time crack dealer with a long rap sheet.

But seated behind the defense table in a gray silk suit and matching gator shoes, Fleming was certain the jury would find him innocent. On the night of the slaying, he was in Florida on a family trip to Disney World.

How could he be convicted of a crime that took place more than 1,000 miles away?

The jury foreman stood up and prepared to read the verdict. Fleming took a deep breath.

Man spends 31 years in prison on false rape conviction, fights to be exonerated — RT US News – After spending over three decades in prison, Lawrence McKinney was released in 2009 after DNA evidence proved he was not guilty. However, his second attempt to have the conviction reversed and possibly receive compensation from Tennessee has been denied.

Lawrence McKinney spent 31 years living the Kafkaesque nightmare of being imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. After DNA evidence proved him innocent of a 1978 rape charge, he has fought to have his name cleared by exoneration. His request was denied by a parole board for the second time on Tuesday.

The parole board voted 7-0 to not recommend formal exoneration to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Doing so would allow McKinney to receive compensation from the Tennessee Board of Claims for up to $1 million.

Innocent Man Exonerated of Rape Charges After 27 Years | Thomas Haynesworth | National | BET – A Virginia man’s name was finally cleared of wrongdoing on Tuesday after he had spent 27 years in prison for rapes he did not commit.
Thomas E. Haynesworth, 46, who was wrongfully convicted in a series of rapes and other assaults in Richmond and Henrico County in 1984, was granted a writ of actual innocence in a majority decision by the Virginia Court of Appeals on Tuesday. It is the first time the state had done so in a rape case without the certainty of DNA evidence.
“It’s a blessing,’’ Haynesworth said at a press conference on Tuesday, reports The Washington Post. “There are a lot of people behind the scenes who believed in me. Twenty-seven years, I never gave up. I kept pushing. I ain’t give up hope.”

Wilson County man who spent 31 years in prison not recommended for exoneration – A Wilson County man who served 31 years in prison on a rape and burglary conviction before DNA evidence cleared him of the crime was not recommended for exoneration by the Tennessee Board of Parole on Tuesday.
The board, which voted 7-0 not to recommend the formal exoneration to the governor, still questioned his innocence.
Lawrence McKinney, 60, was released in 2009 after his 1978 conviction in Memphis was overturned. His record was expunged after his release, but attempts to get an executive exoneration have been mired in red tape, according to his supporters.
McKinney remained upbeat as his legal team plans to request an exoneration directly from Gov. Bill Haslam. The governor ultimately decides exoneration cases and is not bound by the board’s recommendation.
“I got two good lawyers that God put by my side, then I got a pastor and I got a church who going to stand behind me, and I’m going to do the best that I do to show who Jesus Christ is and I got a beautiful wife …” McKinney said.
Having criminal records expunged is a judicial process, but exoneration is an additional declaration of innocence awarded by the governor. If granted, the exoneration enables a person to file for compensation with the Tennessee Board of Claims.

Tawana Glenda Brawley (born 1972) is an African-American woman from Wappingers Falls, New York, who gained notoriety in 1987–88 for falsely accusing four white men of having raped her. The charges received widespread national attention because of her age (15), the persons accused (including police officers and a prosecuting attorney), and the state in which Brawley was found after the alleged rape. She was found in a trash bag, with racial slurs written on her body and covered in feces. Brawley’s accusations were given widespread media attention in part from the involvement of her advisers, including the Reverend Al Sharpton and attorneys Alton H. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason.[1] After hearing evidence, a grand jury concluded in October 1988 that Brawley had not been the victim of a forcible sexual assault and that she herself may have created the appearance of such an attack.[2][3] The New York prosecutor whom Brawley had accused as one of her alleged assailants successfully sued Brawley and her three advisers for defamation.[3] Brawley initially received considerable support from the African-American community.[4] Some suggested that Brawley was victimized by biased reporting that adhered to racial stereotypes.[5][6] The mainstream media’s coverage drew heated criticism from the African-American press and many black leaders who showed no degree of skepticism or disbelief of the teenager and her story.[7] The grand jury’s conclusions decreased support for Brawley and her advisers. Brawley’s family has maintained that the allegations were true. // The case exposed deep mistrust in the black community about winning justice from legal institutions.[17] Some opinions remained fixed despite the overwhelming evidence. Legal scholar Patricia J. Williams wrote in 1991 that the teenager “has been the victim of some unspeakable crime. No matter how she got there. No matter who did it to her—and even if she did it to herself.“[24] These comments aroused controversy as well; Sue Sherry responded to Williams in her book Beyond All Reason: The Radical Assault on Truth in American Law, writing “The radical multiculturalists seem unable or unwilling to differentiate between Brawley’s fantasized rape and another woman’s real one. Indifference to the distinction between fact and fiction minimizes real suffering by implying that it is no worse than imagined or self-inflicted suffering.”[25] On May 21, 1990, Alton H. Maddox was indefinitely suspended by the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn after failing to appear before a disciplinary hearing to answer allegations regarding his conduct in the Brawley case.[26] In 1998, Pagones was awarded $345,000 (he sought $395 million) through a lawsuit for defamation of character that he had brought against Sharpton, Maddox and Mason. The jury found Sharpton liable for making seven defamatory statements about Pagones, Maddox for two and Mason for one. The jury deadlocked on four of the 22 statements over which Pagones had sued, and it found eight statements to be non-defamatory.[27] In a later interview, Pagones said the turmoil caused by the accusations of Brawley and her advisers had cost him his first marriage and much personal grief.[28]

Account of Brawley’s Medical Condition Disputed By E.R. SHIPP Published: July 9, 1988 A Brooklyn newspaper, citing medical records, has concluded that Tawana Brawley was a rape victim and that she was ”near death” when found in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., last November after a four-day disappearance. But officials of a Wappingers Falls ambulance service and a Poughkeepsie, N.Y., hospital that administered emergency treatment to the black teen-ager on the day she was discovered – dazed, disheveled and smeared with dog feces – have disputed those claims, asserting in interviews that the newspaper, The City Sun, has misinterpreted the documents it cites or has relied upon incomplete records. Those officials said that, based on the circumstances in which Miss Brawley was found, she was treated as a possible victim of a sexual assault. But they also said that it was not their role to determine if she had indeed been raped. Such a determination, they said, could only have been made by the crime laboratory that analyzed specimens taken from various parts of Miss Brawley’s body when she was examined by an emergency room physician at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. The crime lab reported its findings to law-enforcement authorities, not to the hospital. // http://www.nytimes.com/1988/07/09/nyregion/account-of-brawley-s-medical-condition-disputed.html

Here’s how bad government math spawned a racist lie about sexual assault Rafi Letzter Oct. 18, 2016 // You read that right. Just 10 or fewer women made up some of the samples surveyed for this report, and their small number of experiences has been extrapolated to represent tens of thousands of assaults. Here’s what Cohen has to say about this: I can’t believe we’re talking about this. The most important bottom line is that the BJS should not report extrapolations to the whole population from samples this small. These population numbers should not be on this table. At best these numbers are estimated with very large standard errors. (Using a standard confident interval calculator, that 16% of White women, based on a sample of 69, yields a confidence interval of +/- 9%.) It’s irresponsible, and it’s inadvertently (I assume) feeding White supremacist propaganda. In other words, a sample size this tiny simply cannot be understood to tell us anything about what’s going on at the population level. The odds of picking any 10 or fewer women out of a crowd whose experiences have nothing to do with what’s typical are far, far too high. In an email to Business Insider, Lynn Langton, the researcher who oversees victimization statistics for BJS, acknowledged that the methods of the 2008 report no longer meet the Bureau’s standards. // http://www.businessinsider.com/stupid-racist-meme-rape-black-men-2016-10

Originally she was charged with a misdemeanor, but prosecutors are now deciding to (rightly) throw the book at her. “Ms. Harmon was originally arrested for the misdemeanor offense of false report to a peace officer,” Grayson County, Texas, District Attorney Joe Brown said in a press release Wednesday. “However, the more we have looked at what happened in this case, and considered the harm it caused, and certainly could have caused, we believe what she did fits these higher charges. What she did was very serious, and we believe it was felony conduct.” The three third-degree felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The state-jail felony is punishable by up to two years in state jail and a $10,000 fine. If she had gotten away with just the misdemeanor charges, Harmon would have faced only up to 180 days in jail and up to a $4,000 fine. According to the Democrat, in addition to the criminal charges, the Denison Police Department is seeking $8,000 in restitution related to the case. Back in March, the then-18-year-old Harmon told officers that she was raped by two black men in ski masks while a third held her down. Harmon was taken to a nearby hospital for examination, where it was determined that she did not have any injuries consistent with a rape.

Texas Woman Admits to Fabricating Abduction, Racial Hoax // According to the Dallas Morning News, police confirmed on 22 March 2017 that the socially viral abduction tale was, by Talbott’s own admission, a fabrication:

An 18-year-old Texas woman’s claim that she was abducted and assaulted two weeks ago were a hoax, Denison police said Wednesday.

The incident caused a whirlwind of speculation in the town near the Oklahoma border after the bloody woman ran into a church wearing only a shirt, bra and underwear and lied about two black men raping her while a third held her down, Denison Police Chief Jay Burch said.

The woman, identified as Breana Harmon Talbott, confessed to the hoax Tuesday, Burch said.

The incident began when Talbott’s fiancé reported her missing two weeks before. Talbott surfaced later that day, claiming she had been gang raped by three black men:

Breana Harmon Talbott was reported missing earlier this month by her fiancé, who said that he had found her car with its door open and personal effects such as her phone nearby.

The 18-year-old later reemerged in the city of Denison the same day, interrupting a service at a local church by walking in with visible scratches and only a shirt, bra and underwear.

Talbott told police that she was abducted, taken to a wooded area near the church and gang-raped by men wearing ski masks that she described as “three black males.”

Talbott was arrested on 22 March 2017, and charged with making a false report. In a statement, Burch was clear that the incident was being taken seriously by Denison Police, adding that additional restitution would be sought by the department, adding that police had “mobilized all available resources to look for her,” even ignoring other cases to focus on finding here.

Ex-nun settles case for over €500k after false rape conviction – Independent.ie – Tim Healy

May 13 2016 2:30 AM

A six-year legal battle by former nun Nora Wall for damages for her wrongful conviction for the rape of a young girl has been settled in the High Court.

While no settlement figure was disclosed, it is understood that Ms Wall will receive more than €500,000.

Her case was certified a miscarriage of justice.

Ms Wall, whose claim included punitive and exemplary damages, had previously rejected an offer of €75,000 as inadequate.

Yesterday, lawyers for Ms Wall and the defendants, the Justice Minister and the State, told the court that the case had been settled and could be struck out with costs to Ms Wall. The compensation proceedings had been initiated in 2010.

The cause of action dates back to 1999 after Ms Wall, a former Sisters of Mercy nun known as Sister Dominic, became the first woman to be convicted of rape in Ireland.

Ms Wall was released on bail four days into a life sentence when it emerged that a prosecution witness had been called, against the direction of the DPP, to testify at her trial.

That witness later admitted fabricating evidence in which she claimed to have seen Nora Wall holding down the alleged victim during the attack.

In light of those new facts, the Court of Criminal Appeal in 2005 declared Ms Wall’s conviction a miscarriage of justice.

‘I want to be a voice for the voiceless,’ says nun left in limbo over sex abuse allegations | Society | The Guardian – “But if you don’t go to trial, you are never found innocent,” the 73-year-old now says. And so, after conducting a lengthy confidential risk assessment, the trustees of Helen and Douglas House announced in July 2015 they would be making her temporary ban from the hospices permanent. They said in a statement that though “no conclusions about the allegations could be made”, the safeguarding standards of their regulator, the Care Quality Commission, obliged them to continue to bar her permanently from the premises. “Our unswerving dedication to care and proper governance made any other course of action unthinkable,” the trustees said later.

Last December, Sister Frances reluctantly resigned as a trustee. The nun’s relationship with the hospices she founded is now conducted at a distance of several hundred metres, looking out across her convent’s carefully tended lawns at the centres she is officially deemed too risky to enter.

No one other than the nun and her accusers can be absolutely certain that she is telling the truth in insisting on her innocence, and the allegations do not relate to Helen and Douglas House or to children. Speaking to the Guardian in a small room in the clutch of modern buildings now occupied by the All Saints Sisters of the Poor, Sister Frances acknowledges that to some people her name will never be clear of the whiff of suspicion.

Her gender makes her case unusual, but she is far from alone in finding herself in a form of reputational limbo – publicly accused of serious crimes, but neither convicted of them by a jury nor able fully to clear her name.

26-Year Secret Kept Innocent Man In Prison – CBS News – This story was originally broadcast on March 9, 2008. It was updated on May 23, 2008.
This is a story about an innocent man who languished in prison for 26 years while two attorneys who knew he was innocent stayed silent. As correspondent Bob Simon reported earlier this year, they did so because they felt they had no choice.
Alton Logan was convicted of killing a security guard at a McDonald’s in Chicago in 1982. Police arrested him after a tip and got three eyewitnesses to identify him. Logan, his mother and brother all testified he was at home asleep when the murder occurred. But a jury found him guilty of first degree murder.
Now new evidence reveals that Logan did not commit that murder, something that was not new to those two attorneys, who knew it all along but say they couldn’t speak out until now.
Alton Logan’s story cuts to the core of America’s justice system.

Football Player Imprisoned on False Rape Charge Makes NFL Debut – NBC Southern California – Brian Banks’ dream of playing in an NFL game came true Thursday night when walked into the huddle with his Atlanta Falcons teammates in the fourth quarter of a pre-season game — the high-point of Banks’ football career after it was derailed by a false rape accusation.

DNA Evidence Clears Two Men in 1983 Murder – The New York Times – LUMBERTON, N.C. — Thirty years after their convictions in the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in rural North Carolina, based on confessions that they quickly repudiated and said were coerced, two mentally disabled half brothers were declared innocent and ordered released Tuesday by a judge here.

The case against the men, always weak, fell apart after DNA evidence implicated another man whose possible involvement had been somehow overlooked by the authorities even though he lived only a block from where the victim’s body was found, and he had admitted to committing a similar rape and murder around the same time.

The startling shift in fortunes for the men, Henry Lee McCollum, 50, who has spent three decades on death row, and Leon Brown, 46, who was serving a life sentence, provided one of the most dramatic examples yet of the potential harm from false, coerced confessions and of the power of DNA tests to exonerate the innocent.

Falsely Convicted Man Exonerated After 16 Years in Prison; DNA Evidence Points to ‘Teardrop Rapist’ As Real Attacker | KTLA – Luis Vargas, 46, was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 1999 for raping a 15-year-old girl, and attacking and attempting to rape two other victims, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Upon his conviction, Vargas told the court: “I’m concerned (the) individual (who) really did these crimes might really be raping someone out there, might really be killing someone out there,” according to a news release from the California Innocence Project at California Western School of Law.

Vargas’ case first grabbed the attention of the Innocence Project in 2011 because it was “riddled with textbook post-conviction red flags.”

“The most prominent red flag of all: eyewitness misidentification,” the organization’s website stated.

The prosecution’s case relied heavily on eyewitness identification, which included victims noting their attacker had a teardrop tattoo similar to the one victims of the “Teardrop Rapist” have described, according to members of the Innocence Project.

Vargas — who previously served time for forcibly raping a girlfriend, according to the Times — later wrote to members of the Innocence Project about his case. He said the “Teardrop Rapist” and he had a similar tattoo and description — a middle aged Hispanic man with a small build.

The Question of Race in Campus Sexual-Assault Cases Is the system biased against men of color? Peter Yang EMILY YOFFE SEP 11, 2017 // Amy Ziering, the producer of The Hunting Ground, a 2015 campus-sexual-assault documentary, has said much the same thing. In a radio interview, she asserted that her movie exposed “privileged” well-off white men and challenged “dominant white male power.” But a close viewing of her film reveals a different reality. Her movie tells four main stories that are primarily focused on assault allegations.* In at least three of the cases, the accused is black. How race plays into the issue of campus sexual assault is almost completely unacknowledged by the government. While the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which regulates how colleges respond to sexual assault, collects a lot of data on race, it does not require colleges and universities to document the race of the accused and accuser in sexual-assault complaints. An OCR investigator told me last year that people at the agency were aware of race as an issue in Title IX cases, but was concerned that it’s “not more of a concern. No one’s tracking it.”

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