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The real Brian Banks speaks out on prison injustice, reform

When Brian Banks’ home was a prison cell due to a crime he didn’t commit, he never imagined he would be the subject of a film. He was only concerned with clearing his name and regaining his freedom. Now, seven years after he was exonerated after a high school classmate recanted a rape allegation, Banks hopes the film detailing his fight for justice helps move along reform.

Idaho Innocence Project loses federal funding

BOISE – Sarah Pearce, a young Idaho woman convicted of savagely beating a motorist in 2003 in what may be a wrongful conviction based on mistaken identity, has a key hearing coming up in February that could win her a new trial. Christopher Tapp, convicted in 1996 of an Idaho Falls murder in which DNA points to a different perpetrator, has the victim’s mother among his advocates seeking to free him and find the real killer.

Men labor to adjust after jail sentences overturned

It was a special dinner, to put it mildly – a Christmastime meal at Anthony’s, with a crowd of family and friends, in celebration of momentous, life-changing events. And yet what caught the eyes of Paul Statler and Tyler Gassman was the cutlery.

Unrelenting effort wins man his freedom

A man who spent nearly six years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit had one request Thursday after a judge set him free: a double cheeseburger from Zip’s. Jeramie R. Davis, 42, also looked forward to bonding with his 5-year-old son, Elijah, who was born shortly after his arrest in 2007.

Convict freed after murder case crumbles

A man who spent nearly six years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit had one thing on his mind today after a judge set him free: a double cheeseburger from Zips.

Judge vacates convictions in disputed robbery

Family members gasped with joy and wept Friday as a judge threw out the disputed robbery convictions of three Spokane men who have argued for years that they were framed by a snitch who was trying to spare himself and his brother from longer prison terms.

Prosecutor intends to try man again on murder charge

A man who had his first-degree murder conviction erased earlier this summer will remain in jail unless he can come up with a portion of his $500,000 bond that a judge handed down Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt in July ordered a new trial for Jeramie R. Davis, who had been sentenced in 2008 to 40 years in prison for the bludgeoning death of a 74-year-old adult-bookstore owner. Davis admitted to stealing pornography and sex toys from the store but denies killing John G. “Jack” Allen, saying the owner was dead when he got there.

Murder doubts conceded in 2007 beating death

The lead investigator in the 2007 beating death of an adult bookstore owner in Spokane now is questioning whether the wrong man was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Spokane Police Detective Tim Madsen, in new court documents, acknowledges that 41-year-old Jeramie R. Davis may have been telling the truth when he claimed that 74-year-old John G. “Jack” Allen already was dead on the floor when he arrived at the adult bookstore and made a series of return trips throughout the night to burglarize it.

DNA evidence in 2007 murder points to another man

Water cascades from the roof in heavy droplets inside the abandoned brick-and-glass building on Sprague Avenue where an adult bookstore owner was bludgeoned to death nearly five years ago. Just as the building crumbles, cracks also have begun forming in the case against the admitted thief who was sent to prison for the brutal murder of 74-year-old John G. “Jack” Allen Jr.