Missouri Man Freed After 17 Years in Prison for Robbery

"A Missouri man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a 1999 robbery was freed after supporters found another man who looked enough like him that the victim and other witnesses said they could no longer be sure who committed the crime.

Richard Anthony Jones, of Kansas City, Missouri, always maintained he didn't commit the robbery and two years ago asked two organizations that advocate for inmates for help proving his innocence.

KU Innocence Project helps free man from prison after wrongful robbery conviction

"A University of Kansas law school effort helped free a wrongfully convicted man from prison this week.

Richard Jones was released from prison on Thursday, after his robbery conviction was overturned in Johnson County District Court the previous day, according to a news release from the Midwest Innocence Project and the KU School of Law’s Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence. Jones had served 17 years of a 19-year sentence for an aggravated robbery conviction stemming from a 1999 purse-snatching at a Walmart parking lot.

KC man jailed 17 years for purse snatching released after judge overturns conviction

"A Kansas City man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for purse snatching was released Wednesday after a judge overturned his conviction.

The 10th Judicial District Court in Johnson County vacated Richard Jones’ 1999 aggravated robbery conviction. He had been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison.

But according to officials with the Midwest Innocence Project, Jones was convicted based solely on eyewitness identification, despite presenting a verified alibi.

Drawing of political districts divides by party, not race, says KU professor

"The racial gerrymandering decision handed down by the United States Supreme Court this week concerning two districts in North Carolina may change things for states that are becoming more diverse, says a University of Kansas law professor.

'The Court has traditionally said it is legally permissible to allow a state legislature to gerrymander a district to give one political party advantage,' said Lumen ‘Lou’ Mulligan. 'The Court has said, we will not allow you to gerrymander a district so as to play racial politics. That’s been the law for a number of years.'”

Islam-friendly finance and shari'a law

"The Muslim financial industry is the fastest growing industry in global finance - so understanding Shari'a or Islamic law is becoming increasingly important for doing business overseas. Kathryn Ryan discusses the opportunities, polemics aand pitfalls with the University of Kansas School of Law's Professor Raj Bhala and Brian Henry the Managing director of Shari'a-approved KiwiSaver fund Amanah Ethical."


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