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Man freed after 34 years of unjust imprisonment

3 years 2 weeks 2 days ago May 12, 2014 May 12, 2014 Monday, May 12 2014 May 12, 2014 2:36 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Parish district attorney says a 61-year-old man was unjustly imprisoned for 34 years because former prosecutors and former detectives withheld evidence that would have acquitted him.

Leon Cannizzarro says Reginald Adams' attorneys brought him evidence early this month of what he calls shameful handling of the case.

On Monday, he and attorneys for the Innocence Project New Orleans went before a judge who reversed Adams' conviction for second-degree murder of Cathy Ulfers, whose husband and father both were New Orleans police officers.

Cannizzaro says he is dropping the case against Adams. He says two potential suspects both are dead.

Attorneys Emily Maw and Caroline Milne praise Cannizzaro's quick action.

They say the first things that Adams wanted were a bath and an oyster po-boy.


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