NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tears of relief and joy flowed in a New Orleans courtroom Thursday as prosecutors formally dropped charges against a man who spent 23 years behind bars for a 1992 crime spree that included rape, robbery and the slaying of a British tourist.
Legal advocates working on behalf of Robert Jones had long argued that the case was “riddled with prosecutorial misconduct,” dating back to former District Attorney Harry Connick’s days in office.
An appeals court had thrown out Jones’ convictions in 2014. He was released on bond in 2015. On Thursday, his 44th birthday, he walked out of the criminal courthouse no longer under curfews or other bail-related restrictions.
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