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Brooklyn man cleared of murder after 24 years in prison!

Jonathan Fleming and his family were overjoyed after the Brooklyn District Attorney dismissed murder charges against him based on evidence withheld at his 1990 trial.

In a hearing that lasted less than 15 minutes, Jonathan Fleming's more than 24 years in prison came to an end. The 1990 murder conviction was expunged from his record, leaving his family jubilant in a packed Brooklyn courtroom.
 

"Thank you, God!" one relative screamed when Judge Matthew D'Emic accepted a motion to dismiss the charges. "Come hug your mother!" said another.
 

Today's hearing was the final step in a process that began in June 2013, when Fleming's attorneys teamed with the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office Conviction Integrity Unit to re-examine Fleming.
 

Together, investigators unearthed powerful evidence — much of it withheld for years by law enforcement — showing Fleming had been in Florida when 22-year-old Darryl "Black" Rush was shot to death on August 15, 1989.
 

Fleming's mother, Patricia Fleming, spoke to reporters through tears outside of the courtroom, thanking his attorneys and saying she always knew he was innocent. At Fleming's original trial she testified that she was with him in Florida at the time of the murder.
 

"When they gave my son 25-to-life, I thought I would die in that courtroom, knowing he didn't do it. But it's over now, it's over," she said, surrounded by family members.
 

At today's hearing, Fleming's attorneys briskly described all the evidence they and the Brooklyn Conviction Integrity Unit had gathered supporting Fleming's alibi, including a receipt for a Florida hotel phone bill Fleming paid hours before the murder took place.
They also uncovered an Orlando police department report confirming that several hotel employees remembered seeing Fleming, and evidence that an eyewitness testified against Fleming to avoid criminal prosecution herself.
 

"For the reasons that have been outlined...I am now respectfully moving this court to immediately vacate the defendant's conviction, immediately dismiss the underlying indictment and allow Mr Fleming to walk out of this office, this building, this courtroom, a free man," said Taylor Koss, the Conviction Integrity Unit's former deputy chief, who became one of Fleming's attorneys.
 

Mark Feldman, chief assistant to Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, quickly consented to Fleming's release, acknowledging that the receipt and the police report were not made available to the defense at trial.
 

"Had it been, the likely result of the trial would have been different," he said.

With that, Fleming bowed his head in relief.
 

"I feel wonderful," he told reporters outside the courtroom. "I always knew this day would come one day, and today was the day."

 

Courtesy: ProPublica.org

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Bosco Menezes

3 years ago

Amazing, yet so sad that the best years of his life were lost in prison !!

Mutual funds offload shares worth Rs14,000 crore in FY14
FY14 is the fifth consecutive year of net outflows by mutual funds in equities after pumping in Rs6,985 crore in 2008-09
 
Mutual funds (MFs) offloaded shares worth more than Rs14,000 crore during 2013-14 fiscal, making it the fifth consecutive year of net outflows, says data compiled by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
 
As per the latest data compiled by the market regulator, mutual funds sold shares worth Rs14,208 crore during FY14. However, this was lower compared with shares worth Rs22,749 crore offloaded by MFs during FY2012-13.
 
The financial year ended 31 March 2014, also marked the fifth consecutive year of net outflows by mutual funds in equities after pumping in Rs6,985 crore in 2008-09.
 
During the last five financial years till 2013-14, MFs had cumulatively sold shares worth over Rs68,000 crore from equities.
 
In comparison, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) made a net inflow of nearly Rs80,000 crore in equities in 2013-14.
 
However, FIIs kept away from the debt market and pulled out over Rs28,000 crore during the fiscal due to weakness in the Indian currency.
 
During 2013-14, MFs were net sellers of equities in 10 out of 12 months, while May and August were the only months to record net inflows. MFs had put in Rs3,508 crore and Rs1,607 crore in May and August, respectively.
 
The huge sell-off during the year coincided with a rise of 3,550.50 points or 19% in BSE 30-share Sensex.
 
On the contrary, mutual funds took a bullish stance on the debt market during 2013-14 with a net investment of Rs5.43 lakh crore.
 
At present, there are about 1,540 schemes under mutual funds, of which 1,090 schemes (71% of the overall schemes) are income or debt oriented, while about 350 schemes (23% of total schemes) are growth or equity related.

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Nilesh KAMERKAR

3 years ago

Nauseating sight of incredible wreckage caused by one four-letter acronym. . .

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