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This morning, the Baltimore City Circuit Court vacated the conviction of Melvin Thomas, who has spent nearly 19 years in prison for an attempted murder he did not commit. Later today, Melvin will leave prison as a free man, thanks to the work of our longtime friend and colleague, Booth Ripke of Nathans Biddle, and to our partnership with the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney.
Melvin has always maintained his innocence in the 2001 shooting, which took place outside a bar in East Baltimore. The victim told police shortly after the shooting that someone he knew, Donte Lyle, had been outside the bar with the shooter, whom the victim did not know. Police ultimately came to believe that Melvin’s brother had been at the scene and, for reasons that are unclear, put a picture of Melvin in a photo lineup. The victim identified Melvin as the …

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