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Posted: Aug 12, 2020, 10:45 AM
Twenty-year-old Ledura Watkins was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1976. A Detroit jury found him guilty based on a single piece of evidence: a strand of hair allegedly found on the victim’s pants. In 2017 – more than 40 years later – a 61-year-old Watkins walked out of the Wayne County Jail a free man.
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Posted: Sep 5, 2015, 12:55 PM
The Court of Appeals released a published opinion in People v Sledge, Docket Nos. 324680, 324681 (October 1, 2015), that vacated the Wayne County Circuit Court's gag order in two criminal cases against Sledge, the former Wayne County Chief Financial Officer, and Collins, the Assistant Wayne County Corporation Counsel, regarding the failure of the Wayne County Jail Project, a $300 million budgeted project to build a jail in Detroit, which shut down with only a quarter of the construction completed due to an overrun in costs of $100 million.
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