Secondly, The Argus had a good piece on Russ Spencer, one of the delegates to the RNC convention out of Livingston County. Russ is a good man I'm known for years and personifies the American dream. He came here from England with a few hundred bucks and decided to stay and made a good living.
Lastly from the infamous prosecutor Mike Nifong's home, another innocent man gets released out of prison. From Durham County.
In a scorching ruling today, the state Court of Appeals threw out the conviction of a man serving more than 60 years in prison on burglary, robbery and sexual assault charges, saying the Durham District Attorney's Office unfairly delayed his trial for nearly five years.
The ruling could lead to freedom for Frankie Delano Washington, 47, an auto mechanic who was convicted of multiple charges last year in a 2002 invasion of a family's home in Trinity Park in Durham. Because the opinion was unanimous, the state has no automatic right to take the appeal further.
Prosecutors blamed the delay in Washington's trial in part to the length of time required for the SBI to analyze evidence in the case. But police and prosecutors took three years to submit the evidence to the SBI, with part of the delay coming even after a judge ordered lab tests of the evidence.
As it turned out, fingerprints and DNA evidence in the case did not match Washington.
Washington lost his right to a fair trial because of the delay, McCullough found. The delay impaired his ability to challenge the identification, caused the loss of circumstantial evidence and made it more likely that witnesses could have been mistaken when they identified him in court five years after the crime, McCullough wrote.
I don't know if Mike Nifong was prosecutor there at the time, of if it was his boss, but it was certainly that machine.