Life After Exoneration
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Life After Exoneration
exonerate; to clear, as of an accusation; free from guilt or blame; exculpate
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Center on Wrongful Convictions

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Center on Wrongful Convictions is dedicated to identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and other serious miscarriages of justice.
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Phoenix to pay $3 million for framing Ray Krone for murder and jailing him 10 years

Phoenix to pay $3 million for framing Ray Krone for murder and jailing him 10 years | Life After Exoneration | Scoop.it

Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2005

The city of Phoenix has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who was twice wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death, city officials said.
It's the second settlement Ray Krone has received this year from the government. In April, Maricopa County agreed to pay Krone $1.4 million in compensation.
Krone won't see all the $4.4 million from the lawsuit. He said some of the money will go to his parents, who spent upward of $300,000 and mortgaged their home to pay for his defense. Krone said he also owes around $500,000 in attorney's fees.

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Witness to Innocence: Ray Krone

Today, Ray has to work to avoid bitterness regarding his experience. “I have the ability to be angry, but I’ve tried to avoid the anger,” he says. “I sat in prison all that time, and I watched people who were so bitter and angry that they became victims. At some point you’ve got to take control of your life and rise above things. I hope I won’t ever get to the point where I am so overwhelmed with grief and tragedy that I would actually give in.”

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Charge: Murder, Kidnapping, Sexual Assault

Charge: Murder, Kidnapping, Sexual Assault | Life After Exoneration | Scoop.it

On April 8, 2002, Ray Krone was released from prison in Arizona after DNA testing showed that he did not commit the murder for which he was convicted 10 years earlier. Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley and Phoenix Police Chief Harold Hurtt announced at a news conference on April 8, 2002 that new DNA tests vindicated Krone and that they would seek his release pending a hearing next month to vacate the murder conviction. Romley stated, "[Krone] deserves an apology from us, that's for sure. A mistake was made here. . . . What do you say to him? An injustice was done and we will try to do better. And we're sorry." Krone was first convicted in 1992, based largely on circumstantial evidence and testimony that bite marks on the victim matched Krone's teeth. He was sentenced to death. Three years later he received a new trial (State v. Krone, 897 P.2d 621 (Ariz. 1995) (en banc)), but was again found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in 1996. Krone's post-conviction defense attorney, Alan Simpson, obtained a court order for DNA tests. The results not only exculpated Krone, but they pointed to another man, Kenneth Phillips, as the assailant. Prosecutor William Culbertson told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Alfred Fenzel that the chances are 1.3 quadrillion to one that DNA found in saliva on the victim's tank top came from Phillips.
(The Arizona Republic, 4/9/02).

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Judge James McDougall

After his second conviction in 1996, Ray told The Arizona Republic he was innocent. "I was not there that night. "[This] pretty much rules out any faith I have in truth and justice." The trial judge, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James McDougall, expressed doubt about the outcome of the trial when he wrote, "The court is left with a residual or lingering doubt about the clear identity of the killer." Judge McDougall also wrote after sentencing Ray to life in prison, "This is one of those cases that will haunt me for the rest of my life, wondering whether I have done the right thing."

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Ray Krone | STORIES of the exonerated |

Ray Krone | STORIES of the exonerated | | Life After Exoneration | Scoop.it

“I would not trust the state to execute a person for committing a crime against another person,” he says. “I know how the system works. I know what prison is like, I know what the judges are like, and I know what the prosecutors are like. It’s not about justice or fairness or equality. It’s absolutely wrong. Any chance I can, whether I start with one or two people or a whole auditorium filled with people, I’ll tell them what happened to me. Because if it happened to me, it can happen to anyone.”

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