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Man Cleared of Murder Charges; Justice 25 Years Later

Leslie Brown

Twenty five years is a long time.  Thankfully for Jonathan Fleming of New York, his mother was still around to witness the happy day of justice with her son’s release.

Thanks to district attorney Kenneth Thompson reviewing cases, evidence that was available the entire time, was finally validated, backing up Fleming’s quarter-of-a-century quest for justice. Thompson took office in January and set about to review questionable cases under his watch.

A murder that took place in Brooklyn in 1989 was wrongly attributed to Fleming who was a friend of the victim, Daryl Rush. Flemings mother was actually with her son in Florida at the time of the crime of which Fleming was accused.  A new witness was found in the case and an old one recanted the story they had contrived for their own purposes. When Fleming was asked about his future, there was no hint of anger in his statement,

“I’m going to go eat dinner with my mother and my family, and I’m going to live the rest of my life.”

Can you imagine how much Jonathan values freedom?

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