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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