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    NY - Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger, 58, Brooklyn, 8 February 1990

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...SNWU00L4_UNEWS

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man convicted and put behind bars for the 1990 killing of a Brooklyn rabbi was on the verge of freedom Wednesday after prosecutors told a judge they support tossing out his conviction.

    David Ranta was to appear Thursday in state court, where a judge will rule on a defense motion to vacate his second-degree murder conviction.

    Based on its own re-investigation of the case, the Brooklyn District Attorney's office filed papers on Wednesday supporting the motion. They also told the judge they want the murder indictment dismissed, since they "no longer have sufficient evidence to prove the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt."

    If the judge agrees, the 58-year-old Ranta could walk out the courtroom Thursday afternoon as a free man. His dramatic reversal of fortune was first reported Wednesday by The New York Times............

    But the Times, citing investigators and legal documents, said that the detectives who arrested him broke numerous rules. They kept few written records, coached a witness and took Ranta's confession under what a judge described as highly dubious circumstances. They allowed two dangerous criminals, an investigator said, to leave jail, smoke crack cocaine and visit with prostitutes in exchange for incriminating Ranta.

    No physical evidence connected Ranta to the murder............

    More at link.....


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    Raw: Judge frees man convicted of killing rabbi:


    http://newsandtribune.com/v?vid=ndn-24633845&sid=AP Editors Picks


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    David Ranta, convicted more than 20 years ago for a murder he didn't commit, is a free man after a re-examination of his case

    An 'overwhelmed' David Ranta left prison with a small bag of belongings and family members ecstatic to see him outside of his cell. His conviction began to fall apart when it was revealed that case detectives used questionable tactics in his case, including coaching witnesses.

    By Oren Yaniv AND Ginger Adams Otis / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 4:37 PM
    Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 11:24 PM

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...icle-1.1295359

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    New York man freed 23 years after wrongful murder conviction

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...92K1C320130321

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    http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/21/justic...ned/index.html

    Freed NY convict's first goal: 'Get the hell out of here'

    I hope he gets a lot of money from New York. He deserves it.
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    David Ranta's lawyer tells The New York Times the former inmate had a serious heart attack Friday night and is being treated at a New York hospital.
    more here
    Last edited by Knitty; 03-23-2013 at 08:55 PM. Reason: whoops

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    So sad. I hope he recovers soon.

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    David Ranta suffers severe heart attack less than 48 hours after being released from prison

    Posted in March 23rd, 2013

    by Cee L R in Health, NY

    A 58-year-old New York City man, who was released from prison on Thursday after spending 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, suffered a serious heart attack.

    David Ranta was rushed to the hospital on Friday, where doctors discovered one of his arteries was completely blocked and another was partially closed up.

    His attorney, Pierre Sussman, said doctors cleared the artery so it is now flowing freely, but his client will have to have another procedure.

    Read more: http://theoriginalgreenwichdiva.com/...-prison/43532/



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