Brooklyn man cleared after 25 years in prison for 1989 murder

Brooklyn man cleared after 25 years in prison for 1989 murder

[Ed. – A reminder of the limits of human justice.  One of those terrible miscarriages that can never be rectified, but only survived and overcome.]

A man who spent nearly a quarter century in prison for a murder he insists he did not commit went free in Brooklyn Tuesday.

Jonathan Fleming was in tears as he hugged his lawyers and family Tuesday. Relatives said “Thank you, God!” after he was freed.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors sought the dismissal of Fleming’s conviction in the 1989 shooting of Darryl Rush. He was convicted in the killing outside a housing project on Aug. 15, 1989, but Fleming’s lawyer Anthony Mayol pressed the D.A.’s office to reexamine evidence that included one witness recanting her testimony, as well as phone records that showed he was out of the state on the night of the murder.

The New York Times first reported the questions in this case, including Mayol’s investigators interviewing a key witness who says she lied and singled out Fleming in exchange for having felony charges against her dropped.

Questions about Fleming’s conviction surfaced amid an ongoing investigation into past murder convictions in the borough. Since Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson took office in January after defeating longtime incumbent Charles Hynes, his office has been reviewing dozens of murder convictions dating back to the 1980s.

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