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Jonathan Stockhammer

 

Charge:

Rape and Intent to Commit Assault

Sentence:

15 years

Years Imprisoned:

Year Crime:

1988

Year Convicted:

1990

Year Cleared:

1991

U.S. State or Country of Crime:

Massachusetts

County or Region of Crime:

Middlesex

City of Crime:

Waltham

Result:

Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Jonathan Stockhammer wrongly convicted of rape and intent to commit assault. The only evidence was the alleged victim's testimony. After Stockhammer's conviction he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with all but 95 days suspended pending good behavior. On May 1, 1991 the Supreme Judicial Court overturned his conviction based on evidentiary errors by the trial judge that deprived him of his right to due process and a fair trial. Faced with having the alleged victim's psychiatric history exposed in court, the prosecution dismissed the charges without a retrial."

Conviction Caused By:

Evidentiary errors by the trial judge that deprived him of his right to due process and a fair trial.

Innocence Proved By:

"On May 1, 1991 the Supreme Judicial Court overturned his conviction, and the prosecution dismissed the charges without a retrial."

Defendant Aided By:

Attorney Nancy Gertner

Compensation Awarded:

Was Perpetrator Identified?

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Skin/Ethnicity:

White

Information Source 1:

"Commonwealth v. Stockhammer, 409 Mass. 867 (1991)"

Information Location 1:

http://masscases.com/cases/sjc/409/409mass867.html

Information Source 2:

"In Defense of Women - Memoirs Of An Unrepentant Advocate, by nancy Gertner, Beacon Press, Boston, 2011, pp. 156-175"

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