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Misfiled

Oswind David, 31, was convicted of two counts of first-degree assault and sentenced to 18 years in New York’s Sing Sing prison. After serving nearly five years, journalists discovered that six months before his trial, a judge had thrown out both counts. Prosecutors still pressed the case forward — before a different judge — and got a conviction on the non-existent charges. When the facts recently came to light, prosecutors argued that David should be kept in prison, since even if the first-degree charges were dropped, surely he was guilty of second-degree assault. An appellate judge in Brooklyn ordered him released. (RC/WABC New York, New York Daily News) ...Surely the prosecutors are guilty of something here. Off to prison with them!
Original Publication Date: 19 June 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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