Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Washington: A Rare Release

The Seattle Weekly features a piece on the case of Gerald Hankerson, who was convicted as an accomplice to an aggravated first-degree murder and given a life sentence without the possibility of parole. At the time of the offense, he was only 18. In 2007, the State's clemency board unanimously recommended clemency on his behalf, but the petition was opposed by a prosecutor and members of the victim's family. Last Thursday, however, Hankerson was released - largely on account of the fact that key witnesses against him recanted. See complete article here.

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