Denver man freed after 28 years in prison acquitted of rape (and how to dramatically reduce the incidence or rape)

Our thanks to Toy Soldier for this. Extracts:

A Denver man who spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for a rape he long denied committing was acquitted of the crime on Monday, leaving a courtroom to applause from supporters and chants of “it’s over.”

Clarence Moses-EL, 60, was freed in December, after a judge overturned his 1988 conviction on rape and assault charges and found that he would likely be acquitted if his case went to trial again.

Another prisoner claimed to be responsible for the attack, but prosecutors chose to try Moses-EL again. Jurors began deliberating the case last Thursday, and they issued their not guilty verdict Monday — leaving Moses-EL beaming and fighting back tears.

Outside court, Moses-EL said he holds no grudges and hoped his case will help improve the criminal justice system. Right now, he said, he wants to enjoy his freedom…

The victim in the case, a neighbor, initially named three other men as possible attackers, including the inmate, L.C. Jackson, who confessed in 2013. But she accused Moses-EL, saying his face appeared to her in a dream, and a jury convicted him largely based on her testimony. [my emphasis]

He won a legal bid for DNA testing on the evidence to clear his name, but Denver police threw it away a month later, saying they did not receive any notice from prosecutors to hold on to it. [my emphasis]

In 2008, then-Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, a former Denver prosecutor, objected to legislation that would have given Moses-EL a new trial, even though lawmakers strongly supported it.

Moses-EL’s break came when Jackson wrote to Moses-EL in 2013 saying he had sex with the woman that night. Jackson, who is imprisoned for two other rapes, has not been charged in this case, and prosecutors said Monday he is not a suspect. [You couldn’t make it up. The man who (three years ago) admitted to the rape, still isn’t a suspect today.]

In our 2015 general election manifesto (p.31) we pointed to a 1984 study – Heterosexual molestation of children who later became rapists – carried out by American researchers (Petrovich & Templer) in which they discovered that 59% of convicted rapists in one American institution had been sexually abused as children by one or more women, sometimes their own mothers. The conclusion for future action is obvious, and we can be sure feminists will take up our suggestion for dramatically reducing the incidence of rape:

Women should be taught to not sexually assault boys.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • William Gruff

    Since women lack self-control, teaching them not to sexually abuse boys is pointless. What is needed is very severe punishment of female abusers and rapists. That’s the only lesson such perverts will understand.

  • epistemol

    The police clearly had it in for ‘Moses EL’ from the start of this appaling case.
    A dereliction of duty like this can only be deliberate – someone is being protected, or some grudge was being pursued or some other circumstance not revealed is obtaining.

    The real victim of this crime, Mr. Moses EL himself, is so relieved to be out of prison, he can find it within himself to say that he bears no ill will to those responsible.

    I wonder if he will still feel the same in a few years when he will have adjusted to the circumstance of having lost the prime of his life to a grotesque and willful miscarriage of (in)justice.

  • When so many women are perfectly happy to see innocent men being wrongly convicted, spend decades in prisons, why would men still want to treat these women like gentlemen? can anyone explain this to me?

  • daddybones45

    As ugly as it seems to most people to suggest: girls need to be taught civility much more than boys. If you can achieve this, growing boys naturally fall into line, as the male human is biologically deferent and protective to the female anyhow.