Man seeks freedom after judge tosses decades-old rape case

November 14, 2017 - 10:20 am

(AP) _ A Louisiana man could be freed after nearly 50 years in prison for a rape conviction recently thrown out by a judge who concluded 
authorities withheld evidence.
State District Court Judge Richard Anderson overturned Wilbert Jones' conviction on Oct. 31, saying the case against him was ``weak, at best.'' He also says authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Jones decades ago.
Anderson scheduled a hearing Tuesday to hear arguments over whether Jones should be released. Defense attorneys' want Jones released immediately or freed on ``minimal'' bail.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore's office is asking the Louisiana Supreme Court to review the judge's decision. In the meantime, prosecutors want Jones to stay behind bars.

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