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America: Woman released after 43 years for wrongful imprisonment

By ki0nk Jun19,2024

On Friday, June 14, a judge in Missouri overturned the sentence of a woman who had been locked up for 43 years without a good reason. A dishonest police officer was found guilty of the crime she was accused of.

And the fact that he spent 43 years in prison is a very bad case of injustice. On Friday, June 14, American courts freed Sandra Hemme, who was 63 years old at the time and had been convicted of willful homicide in 1980 for killing librarian Patricia Jeschke.

AP News says there is “clear and convincing” proof that Sandra Hemme is not guilty. In a 118-page report, Missouri State Judge Ryan Horsman said that the evidence in this case pointed to a crooked police officer who died in 2015 and said that mistakes were made in the investigation and the way things were done. Promised. On the other hand, Sandra Hemme admitted to the crime, but only after being threatened with death. This is what her lawyers told the American media.

Now, the Public Prosecutor’s Office has 30 days to decide whether to drop the charges against Sandra Hemme or bring them up again. If she is freed, she will have been wrongfully convicted of a crime for the longest time in U.S. history.

It was “clear and convincing” proof that the woman in Missouri who was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison for murder was not guilty. The judge overturned her conviction.

Sandra “Sandy” Hemme, 63, was found guilty of killing Patricia Jeschke, a library worker in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1980 and given a life term. This was because Hemme told the police things that put her at risk while she was in a mental hospital.

Livingston County Circuit Judge Ryan Horsman said on Friday that there is “evidence directly” linking the death of Jeschke to a local police officer who was later sent to jail for another crime and has since died.

Hemme has been in jail for 43 years. The judge said she must be freed within 30 days, unless the officials decide to try her again. The decision came after an evidentiary hearing in January, where Hemme’s lawyers argued in favor of her proof.

His lawyers at the Innocence Project, a criminal justice organization, said that Hemme’s sentence is the longest known wrongful conviction of a woman in US history.

Her lawyers said in a statement, “We are grateful to the Court for recognizing the grave injustice Ms. Hemme has endured for more than four decades.”

Hemme first said he was guilty of capital murder so that he would not have to face the death sentence. The Associated Press reports that her sentence was overturned after she filed an appeal. In 1985, she was found guilty again after a one-day hearing where her “confession” was the only thing used against her.

In a 147-page petition to clear her name, her lawyers said that while she was in a psychiatric hospital, Hemme made comments that were “wildly contradictory” and “factually impossible.”

Hemme, who was 20 years old at the time, was getting help for hearing voices, losing her identity, and drug use when she was targeted by cops, her lawyers said. Since she was 12 years old, she had spent most of her life in residential mental service.

Hemme gave different stories about the murder over the course of several hours-long interviews, her lawyers said, while she was on antipsychotic drugs. “At times, she was so high on drugs that she couldn’t even hold her head up. She was also restrained and strapped to a chair,” they wrote.

Detectives said Hemme seemed “mentally confused” and wasn’t able to fully understand what they were asking. Steven Fueston, a retired officer from the St. Joseph Police Department, said that he had to end one of the interviews because “she didn’t seem totally coherent.”

Hemme’s lawyers said that the police “took advantage of her mental illness and forced her to lie while she was sedated and taking antipsychotic drugs.”

They said that the cops at the time, Michael Holman, who was 22 years old at the time and had tried to use the victim’s credit card, hid evidence that linked him to the crime. Near the crime scene, Holman’s truck was seen, and a pair of earrings that Jeschke’s father had found were in Holman’s hands.

At the time, Holman was questioned because he was thought to be involved. A lot of the information that was found out about Holman during the investigation was never given to Hemme’s lawyers. Police looked into Holman’s claims of insurance fraud and burglaries, and he went to jail. He passed away in 2015.

Horsman wrote in his decision on Friday that “no evidence whatsoever connects Ms. Hemme to the crime beyond her unreliable statements.” He also said that those statements were “taken while she was in a psychiatric crisis and physical pain.”

The court, on the other hand, wrote that “the evidence directly ties Holman to this crime and murder scene.” He said that the prosecutors had not given Hemme’s lawyer any evidence that would have helped her case and that her lawyer had “below professional standards.”

The Missouri attorney general’s office pushed to keep her conviction, but they didn’t say anything right away about the judge’s decision, according to the Kansas City Star.!-paraguay-by-ecolait-paraguay

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