Monday, April 6, 2015

Sabean Burgess: Baltimore: Freed afer 19 years for murder, he alleges in a lawsuit that although police although the gunshot residue found on him was on his palm, "detectives purposefully said it was found on the "webbing" of Burgess' hand — consistent with someone firing a gun," to clinch the case against him. Baltimore Sun.

STORY: Man freed after 19 years for murder sues Baltimore police," by reporter Justin George, published by the Baltimore Sun, on March 25, 2015.

SUB-HEADING:  "Sabein Burgess wants to be compensated for the nearly 20 years he was wrongfully imprisoned."

GIST: "A man whose murder conviction was thrown out after another man confessed has sued Baltimore police, saying the nearly two decades he spent in prison robbed him of the best years of his life. Sabein Burgess, 44, who was incarcerated for 19 years before being freed last year, said he lost untold income, but — more importantly — was forced to miss his daughter's childhood..........In his lawsuit, Burgess says police "withheld and fabricated evidence." He says detectives concealed statements Rainey made as a boy, "fabricated gunshot residue" evidence, and tried to pressure Burgess into a confession by saying they would find people to say he fired the shots. Burgess also says police "fabricated police reports" that indicated Rainey had been asleep when the boy said he witnessed the home invasion. The gunshot residue found on Burgess was on his palm, he says in the lawsuit, but detectives purposefully said it was found on the "webbing" of Burgess' hand — consistent with someone firing a gun. "I think they used me to close the case," Burgess said.

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