Baltimore Man Exonerated, Released After 17 Years in Prison

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Bryant reunited with his family. Photo via WBAL
Bryant reunited with his family. Photo via WBAL

Since 1989, more than 1,700 people have been exonerated for crimes they were convicted of but turned out to not have committed. Now you can add one more name to that list: Malcolm Jabbar Bryant, a Baltimore man who has been in prison since 1999, and who is due to be released later this week.

Bryant was convicted in the stabbing of a teenage girl, primarily on the basis of one eyewitness account; Bryant always proclaimed his innocence. University of Baltimore’s Innocence Project Clinic took on the case, and successfully petitioned the courts to run DNA tests on the victim’s clothing and fingernail clippings. The presumed killer’s DNA did not match Bryant.

“On behalf of the criminal justice system, I’d like to apologize,” Marilyn Mosby said in a press conference after the announcement.



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