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January 5, 2011 / Tye Cobb

This Guy Was Dealt A Shitty Hand


The criminal justice system is fucked up.  Just read this:

“A 26 year old Dallas woman and her male companion stopped at a Dallas liquor store in November 1979 to buy cigarettes and use a payphone. As they returned to their car, two men, at least one of whom was armed, forced their way into the vehicle and ordered them to drive. They also demanded money from the two victims.  The men eventually ordered the car to the side of the road and forced the male driver out of the car. The woman attempted to flee but was pulled back inside.  The perpetrators drove the woman to a nearby park, where they raped her at gunpoint. They debated killing her but eventually let her live, keeping her rabbit-fur coat and her driver’s license and warning her they would kill her if she reported the assault to police. The victim ran to the nearest highway and collapsed unconscious by the side of the road, where she was discovered.  About five days later, two men whose descriptions did not match Cornelius Dupree Jr., shown above, tried to sell the rabbit-fur coat at a grocery store two miles from the liquor store, according to court documents. The car stolen from the victims was found abandoned in the parking lot.  Dupree and another man, Massingill, were arrested in December because they looked similar to two suspects being sought in another sexual assault and robbery. The 26-year-old woman picked both men out of a photo array, but her male companion did not identify either defendant in the same photo array.

Dupree was convicted and spent the next three decades appealing. The Court of Criminal Appeals turned him down three times.”

So what now?  The least the government can do is give this dude some hard cash to help alleviate the 30 years they took from him.  Dupree is now 51, and shouldn’t have to work another day in his life.  All of the pricks that were responsible for his wrongful conviction should be the ones forking over the cash.  Assholes.


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