STORY: "John Huffington released from prison Monday," by reporter David Anderson, published by the Baltimore Sun on July 23, 2013.
GIST: "Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, attorney Ryan Malone learned that his client John Norman Huffington became a free man after serving 32 years of two life sentences for a Harford County double murder. Malone, who is a member of the Ropes & Gray law firm of Washington, D.C., received an e-mail about his client's status while speaking with The Aegis Monday afternoon. Huffington, 50, had been an inmate at the state's Patuxent Institution in Howard County, but was granted a new trial and his convictions were vacated by Frederick County Circuit Court Judge G. Edward Dwyer Jr., after a review of his petition for writ of actual innocence.........Huffington was convicted of the May 25, 1981, murders of Abingdon residents Diana Becker and her boyfriend Joseph Hudson by juries in Caroline County and Frederick in 1981 and 1983, respectively. Huffington, who was 18 at the time of the murders, was convicted based largely on the testimony of his partner, then 25-year-Deno Kanaras, and ballistic and hair evidence presented by FBI agents. Kanaras was released from prison in 2008 after serving 27 years for his role in the murders, for which he also received a life sentence. The federal agent who testified of his certainty that hairs recovered from Ms. Becker's bed and clothing belonged to Huffington has since been discredited, as a result of a Department of Justice review of his work and of other FBI analysts during the 1990s. A DNA analysis conducted in April showed the hair was not Huffington's.
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