Death Row Inmate Freed

1 decade 2 years 8 months ago Saturday, February 10 2007 Feb 10, 2007 Saturday, February 10, 2007 3:26:22 PM CST February 10, 2007 in News
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KANSAS CITY (AP) - A federal judge has found that a freed death row inmate was not framed for a prison stabbing. Joseph Amrine spent 26 years in prison - 17 of them on death row. The Kansas City man was freed in 2003 after the Missouri Supreme Court overturned his murder conviction and death sentence. Prosecutors at his trial relied largely on testimony from three other inmates who later admitted they had lied. US District Judge Nanette Laughrey found that some parts of the state investigation were irregular and troubling. But she says officials did not violate Amrine's rights, and the judge had no grounds to sue. Amrine attorney Arthur Benson says his client has not yet settled on his next legal step.

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