Wednesday, July 06, 2005

1977

11. Florida...Convicted 1974
Mr. Tibbs, a former theology student, was convicted and sentenced to death, by an all white jury, for the rape of a 16 year old girl and the murder of her companion, both of whom ere white. He was convicted on the testimony of the rape victim, whose testimony was not substantiated by any other evidence and her description of the assailant, which was inconsistent with her initial description.
Mr. Tibbs sentenced was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court for to lack of evidence supporting the conviction. The state decided not to retry the case.
Mr. Tibbs' former prosecutor proclaimed that the investigation had been tainted from the beginning and if there were a retrial, he would appear as a witness for Tibbs.

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