In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 31st, August, 2020

Black Man Falsely Accused Of Rape Regains Freedom After 44 Years In Jail (Photograph)

Black Man Falsely Accused Of Rape Regains Freedom After 44 Years In Prison (Photo)

Ronnie Long was convicted for a crime he didn't commit

Ronnie Lengthy was convicted for a criminal offense he did not commit


A black man has regained his freedom after serving greater than 40 years in jail. He was accused of raping and attacking a white lady and was convicted by an all-white jury.


In line with Metro UK, Ronnie Lengthy, 64, was 20 when he was sentenced to 80 years in jail for allegedly attacking a white lady in his hometown of Harmony, New Carolina, USA in 1976. He maintained his innocence for 44 years and his conviction was vacated on Thursday when the state of North Carolina filed a movement in federal court docket and the U.S. 


Fourth Circuit Court docket of Appeals dominated his constitutional rights had been violated through the trial. An all-white jury had convicted Mr Lengthy, regardless of a scarcity of bodily proof connecting him to the crime, CNN studies.


Mr Lengthy’s legal professional, Jamie Lau claimed ‘the playing cards have been closely stacked in opposition to him and a big a part of that was the racial dynamics in North Carolina within the South, and specifically Harmony, North Carolina, in 1976’. The federal court docket has now left it to a decrease court docket to resolve if Mr Lengthy is harmless – however attorneys count on the costs to be dismissed as there may be ‘actually no proof of Ronnie’s duty for this crime’. The state stated it is going to ask the district court docket to enter a writ to vacate the conviction. Attorneys allegedly discovered materials in 2005 that was withheld through the trial and will have cleared his identify. 

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Mr Lengthy was greeted by family members as he made his long-awaited exit from Abermarle Correctional Institute in Stanly County, North Carolina, on Thursday. He advised ready crowds ‘they may by no means, ever, ever lock me up once more’ and urged others to ‘by no means hand over’. He credited his household, together with devoted spouse Ashleigh Lengthy, and his religion in God for serving to him survive. 



 Ashleigh, who wed Mr Lengthy in 2014, stated it was ‘the perfect birthday current on the planet’, including: ‘I nonetheless assume I’m dreaming’. Writing on a weblog earlier than he received his freedom, Mr Lengthy stated: ‘After actually considering on the topic, the proof could not have made a distinction as a result of the deck was stacked in opposition to me, and it wouldn’t have mattered what kind of proof I had in opposition to the state. ‘I (was) going to jail. I had been chosen and I (was) going to jail. ‘Some 40-plus years later, I’m nonetheless round, nonetheless right here preventing, and if or not it’s the need of the Creator, I shall overcome.’


Ashleigh has arrange a crowd-funding web page to assist welcome her husband house which has now collected nearly $15,000. She wrote on the location: ‘At this time (eight/26/2020) we acquired the great information that the State of NC is not contesting Ronnie’s conviction & he shall be a free man very quickly!  ‘Ronnie goes to want the whole lot when he’s freed. Any quantity helps. Every part donated will go to Ronnie to make use of when he’s free! Let’s get Ronnie set as much as get pleasure from his life as a free man!’


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