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Woman Exonerated, Freed After 17 Years in Prison

Society & Culture  (tags: culture, ethics, humans, society, crime, dishonesty )

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TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) -- A woman who spent 17 years in prison for the death of a homeless man hugged her grandchild for the first time.


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Phyllis P (232)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 5:35 am
"I believe she is innocent," Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold said. "For that reason I believe in this case the justice system failed."

The courtroom burst into applause after his ruling.

Based solely on witness testimony, Mellen was convicted of orchestrating the beating death of Richard Daly at a Lawndale home where Mellen and others lived.

View gallerySusan Mellen, left, hugs her attorney Deirdre O'Connor, …
Susan Mellen, left, hugs her attorney Deirdre O'Connor, after she is exonerated of murder by Sup
The mother of three was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

She was embraced by her three grown children after her release.

The story is short but the calamity of errors is long......

Nancy C (806)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 6:32 am
Another horrendous mistake and lost years for a growing family. Makes me wonder if there are quotas to be met.

Slava R (1311)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 7:06 am
17 year sentence for a crime that was later proved to have been linked to 3 gang members? And what compensation will she get now for false imprisonment?

Man left in solitary confinement for 2 years gets $15.5 million settlement. Stephen Slevin was held in solitary confinement for 22 months after a DWI. The settlement with Dona Ana County, N.M., falls short of the $22 million that Stephen Slevin, 59, and his attorney had asked for, but is still one of the largest prisoner civil rights payouts in U.S. history.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 7:32 am
Phyllis, a great article for you to share...a happy story! My heart goes out to her and her family. It's sad when we learn that an innocent person has been convicted of a crime. This woman appears to have a strong faith in God.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 8:29 am
Thanks God she is free, her faith in God kept her spirit in check that the day would come when she would be free, that day has come! Wonderful for her & her family. May she enjoy the rest of what is left of her life! Just shameful, hope she gets something for all this time behind bars when she did not commit the crime! Thanks Phyllis for sharing.

Genoveva M (328)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 9:44 am
I'm glad for this lady to recover her freedom, but how sad she spend 17 years of her life in prison.

Frances Darcy (92)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 9:54 am
How wonderful but so sad for the years she missed of her freedom.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 9:56 am
So wonderful that she has freedom finally but it will bring back her lost years. Where's her compensation which she most def deserves+should be given. Thanks

Artur B (125)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 10:55 am
Mistige Amijustiz, komplett gekauft wie in Deutschland auch

Phyllis P (232)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 11:13 am
Thanks to all and thanks to Slava for that link.

Jo S (619)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 11:49 am
Noted & shared
Very bitter sweet!
Thanks Phyllis.

Caroline S (78)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 12:07 pm
17 years.... }:*-(
Thank you Phyllis

Pat B (354)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 12:35 pm
What a sad story. So glad that she is now free.!! Thanks, Phyllis for this.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 1:08 pm
How very sad that she lost out on so much of her life. Thanks for the article Phyllis.

Mandi T (367)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 1:20 pm
Very sad :(

Past Member (2031)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 3:00 pm
This is truly a heart-breaking story. I'm glad she is finally free.

Sherri G (128)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 6:27 pm
It is terrific when a wrong is righted. Thank You Phyllis, Noted

Laurie H (818)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 10:20 pm
Cannot fathom what emotion this woman experienced when the judge made his ruling!!! I'm so sad for what this poor woman had to endure for so long. Thank you Phyllis so much!!!~~

James merritt jr (144)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 10:34 pm
Heartbreaking... Glad she is free but 17yrs is alot of time, cried seeing her hug her granddaughter for 1st time... May God bless her and her families future will wonderful new life-memories. Thank you Phyllis.

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday October 12, 2014, 1:50 am
Thanks Phyllis.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday October 12, 2014, 2:27 am

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday October 12, 2014, 3:08 am
I am so happy she is free !! she will never get the time she lost nor her family while in Jail for a crime she did not commit

Sharon Davidson (371)
Sunday October 12, 2014, 7:32 am

Rhonda B (99)
Monday October 13, 2014, 6:18 am
Thank you Phyllis!

Vivian F (487)
Monday October 13, 2014, 3:28 pm
Thank God....a shame she lost all those years with her family though but at least (hopefully) she has a lot more to look forward to.

TomCat S (123)
Monday October 13, 2014, 10:34 pm
Sadly this is all to frequent an occurrence. Prosecutors often hide exculpatory evidence, because once they have charged someone in a crime, it becomes almost impossible to convict someone else. Prosecutor is often the bottom rung of a political career, and if a prosecutor had a high profile case, not getting a conviction is political death.

Winn A (179)
Tuesday October 14, 2014, 6:25 am
A very sad story with a very happy ending. This Never should have happened to her. I hope the rest of her life is filled with all the people and things that make her joyful and happy.
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