DNA Testing in Rape Case Exonerates Louisiana Man Nathan Brown After 17 Years in Prison

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Nathan Brown and family Nathan Brown, who had been incarcerated for nearly seventeen years, talks with his daughter Celene Brady, and his grandson Kenard Southern, 1, after being released from seventeen years in prison in New Orleans, Wednesday. / AP

Nathan Brown, 40, who was convicted of the attempted aggravated rape of a 40-year-old woman in 1997 solely based on her identification, was released from a state prison yesterday after serving 17 years of a 25-year sentence.  DNA testing has proved what Brown has claimed all along: He was not the man who attacked the woman as she returned to the Metairie apartment complex where they both lived, his attorneys say.

“I sincerely ask for you to have mercy upon me when the time for sentencing comes,” Brown wrote in December 1997 to then-Judge Walter Rothschild, the month after a Jefferson Parish jury convicted him. “I understand what I’ve been accused of, but I’m…

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Posted on 06/26/2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. solely based on her identification FUCK. She should be sued now. He will never get those years back.

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  2. Didn’t we have dna testing available in 1997? This has got to stop. I hope he sues and gets a LOT of money. He can never get back those years.

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  3. It’s amazing how many of these cases there are where men, mostly Black men, are discovered to be innocent (usually there wasn’t any solid evidence to suggest they were guilty in the first place) decades after being housed in a chamber of torture in which their lives have been stolen from them. And these stories are always buried somewhere in one of the back pages instead of being on the front pages like they should be.

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    • Caleb, maybe they don’t make front page news because America is ashamed to admit that its criminal justice system is painted with racial prejudice and perjury.

      In a local case, I saw racial stereotyping work against the judicial system. A Black man was arrested for drug possession and selling drugs. He filed a motion for a speedy trial. At the hearing, the prosecutor tried monopolizing it. The man reminded the court of his speedy trial motion, but the prosecutor did all the talking and hindered the court from hearing the speedy trial motion.

      The man remained in jail for over a year, not able to make bail. He was offered pleas which he declined. The case went to trial. He was convicted.

      In his post trial motions, he motioned for dismissal on the basis that he requested, and was denied a speedy trial. The judge struck the conviction and set him free.

      It’s no secret that there is a generation of Blacks in this city who were denied proper education. The case of race discrimination against the school district went on through the late 90’s until about 2003. The federal magistrate judge wrote in his opinion that the school district turned “discrimination into an art form.” So, there is a presumption that Blacks of that generation cannot comprehend reading and of course, no one of any race is suppose to know anything about the law sufficient to trip up prosecutors on technicalities.

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      • Excellent point. They sure don’t expect people to know their ridiculous laws. To be honest I didn’t know all the things you listed about speedy trials and the right to those. *kinda embarrassed* lol

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