After 25 Years In Prison, Man Is Finally Free After Being Framed By Detroit PD

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After being locked up in prison for 25 years, the entire time claiming he was framed by the Detroit police department, a man finally gets to taste his freedom. New tests have absolved Desmond Ricks, now 51, of a 1992 murder he’s certain police framed him for.

Ricks has never changed his story but the same cannot be said for the police, who switched out the evidence. Since being accused of the murder of his friend, Gerry Bennett, Ricks has denied that he committed the crime and alleged that the cops framed him with false evidence.  And his claims have now been vindicated.  A judge on Friday threw out the murder conviction of Desmond Ricks who has been in prison for a quarter of a century after new tests on the bullets supported his remarkable claim that police framed him with bogus evidence.

The bullets removed from the victim’s body were in poor shape and didn’t resemble the pristine bullets that were presented as evidence by Detroit police in 1992. Police at that time said a gun belonging to Ricks’ mother was the murder weapon, but new tests now have ruled out any connection, Innocence Clinic director David Moran said. One of the bullets doesn’t match the gun, and the other bullet was too mutilated for a thorough analysis, he said. Rebecca Haan, a supervising attorney with the Innocence Clinic, says that calls into question the credibility of [all] evidence used in Ricks’ case.

The Detroit Police Department closed its crime lab in 2008, after investigations revealed numerous problems with the testing and handling of evidence. The lab was riddled with scandals and more often than not, mishandled evidence. The corruption in the DPD’s lab, of course, stemmed from the corruption in the police department itself.  Seeking only a conviction, not the truth, the Detroit police department falsified evidence, according to Ricks, from day one. This new lab testing backs Ricks’ story that the police framed him. The Innocence Clinic and Michigan law school have exonerated 10 people and freed four others since 2009 by exposing bad police work in Michigan, finding new witnesses, and tapping specialists.

Ricks had a key ally in his bid to reopen the case: an independent firearms expert who was involved in the ’92 trial. He found David Townshend’s name in a law journal in 2009 and wrote to him from prison. Townshend agreed to help. He recalled that the bullets originally presented to him by police appeared to be in excellent shape with no trace of blood, bone or hair that would suggest they were removed from the victim’s brain and spine. Townshend said they didn’t resemble the actual bullets that were locked away in police storage and produced just two years ago.

“Townshend’s a hero,” Moran said. “He was willing to put his reputation on the line.”

But it wasn’t only Townsend who helped save Ricks from his life sentence. Moran also attributed it to Ricks sticking to his story and following through. “Ricks was a great advocate for his own cause,” Moran said. “What he was saying seemed to be outlandish: The Detroit police crime lab would not only make mistakes but switch bullets. It wasn’t outlandish — it was true. This outlandish conduct cost Desmond Ricks 25 years.”

Luckily, Ricks is now a free man, but only after spending half of his life locked up.  No amount of money could ever make up for what has been done to this man, but the Innocence Clinic is at least making strides to right the wrongs committed by the corrupt Detroit police.

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  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Hey, t’aint no bayg thang……It’s just PEOPLE’S LIVES WASTED at the hands of control-freak MONSTERS. Oh, PLEEEEEEEEEZ Karma, do NOT BE LATE…….

    • David E

      They WILL have their due when they are judged by the saints.

      • Why have none of the thousands of people who have had a glimpse of the other side in near death experiences ever reported a saint?

        • David E

          Beats me. But if you are a bible believer, it says the saints will be judges.

          • I’m not, and I’ve never met a judge I’d consider the least bit saintly.

          • NonYo Business

            No he’s not, but he’ll jump on every opportunity to make an ass of himself.

          • As will you and many others make every effort to exaggerate every appearance that I have.

          • g.johnon

            hmm….and all this time i thought they were trying to tone you down.

          • When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

          • David E

            I didn’t say current judges will be saints or are saints. I said the saints will be the judges on the day of judgment.

            And I have met two judges (out of dozens) that did their jobs right. They’re not ALL bad. But the good ones are indeed hard to find.

          • There is no more proof that there is a saint than there is that there is a deity. Most judges are like most other normal people, when they are in position of power, they will milk it for all they can. The Constitution doesn’t say as much about judges as it does about courts, and one doesn’t necessitate the other.

          • g.johnon

            yer being played david, try not to choke on yerself.

          • g.johnon

            another good reason to not believe the bible.

  • This is what happens when money corrupts the Law.

    • trid2bnrml

      This is what happens when law enforcement corrupts the law.

    • This is what happens when we rely on an unconstitutional standing army, commonly known as a police department, to have to look for something to do. This is why the Constitution prohibited the quartering of troops and the allocation of money for a longer time than two years for an army.

    • NonYo Business

      When Law is not upheld from within.

  • jimmy joe

    So what happens to the terrorists that did this to begin with?? NOTHING!! Thats right, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN, they will retire will full bennies FOR doing this!! The real terrorists wear badges AND work for the govt!!

    • If so, they are terrorist-lite, because the high-tech armies that we send to terrorise the rest of the world produce more blowback.

      • jimmy joe

        Terrorism is terrorism, partner!! Anybody going against the Constitution, deliberately, particularly, when in a position of “power” over other people is a terrorist!! They do the same thing over-sea’s, in third-world countries, just not to the degree here, YET!!!

        • If you can’t tell the difference between terrorism and treason, you lack the mortal understanding to judge either.

          • jimmy joe

            Terrorism at home and abroad!! 1st of all, I DO NOT HAVE A TV!!! 2CND Indoctrinated??? Wake the fuck up, nobody is more anti-govt than myself. Heres a fucking clue TERRORISM HAPPENS ON THE HOME FRONT COMMITTED BY ALL BADGE WEARERS!! I bet you didn’t even know that, either!! Ever heard of that false-flag more commonly referred to as 9/11 AND building 7?? What about that poor bastard Randy Weaver ever heard of him smart guy??? What about,,,,wait for it,,,, WACO!! Ever heard of that, smart guy??? Do you realize how many innocent people, children particularly, the badge wearers killed on Amerikan soil?? All committed on AMERIKAN soil by TERRORISTS wearing badges, but you already knew that, didn’t you, smart guy!!! HOLY FUCK the world is full of ’em!!!!

          • jimmy joe

            Kidnapping people, holding kangaroo court and either holding that person/persons for ransom or just putting them in cage IS TERRORISM!!!

          • I don’t measure terrorism by blowback. I merely recognize that is what it, mostly, is. Your level of irrational ranting is what leads our troops into the terrorism that produces the blowback that most call terrorism.

          • jimmy joe

            Thats your answer??? Its MY fault this country is as fucked up as it is???Thats your response??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Sounds like “you lack the mortal understanding to judge”! Fucking idiot!! You still refuse to answer the question,”you either have had your head completely up your ass all these years, or you refuse to believe terrorism IS committed by this republic’s badge wearers”?? In case there is any misunderstanding where I and most Amerikans stand, why don’t you send a you-tube video to Mr. Weaver and tell him there are no terrorists in this republic that wear badges. Go on to tell him that HE is wrong and You are right!! Go on!!! I know what his response will be, if you ever drink enough courage to tell him!! I would still want to hear it though!! While your at it, you can direct your “I’m right and your wrong” rant, to the victims/survivors of that terrorist attack in waco!! Go on!!

          • Thomas Jefferson, writing to Charles Yancey from Monticello on January 6, 1816:
            “…if a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be. The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty & property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.”
            Those who conflate genocide, terrorism, and treason, are those who can never be free, due to their ignorance.

          • nerys

            I am sorry but you clearly do not understand what the word terrorism means.

            Terrorism is an act of violence with a political objective. LITERALLY making the US government the largest most dangerous terrorist organization on this plant.

            the TREASON (in violation of the constitution to aid our enemies foreign and domestic) IS what makes it TERRORISM.

            its both.

          • Treason can only be committed against one’s own sworn loyalty. Members of the American military are the single largest collection of terrorists, as the actors in your claim that the US “government the largest most dangerous terrorist organization on this plant (sic).”
            The vomitstream media is turning every single shooting or vehicular assault into terrorism, ‘and those are no more common now than they were before 9/11.

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      • g.johnon

        thats only because current americans are too chickenshit from being fluoride doped to blowback on our corrupt governments.

        • Fortunately there are parts of America where domestic enemies and terrorists fear to tread.

        • “The spirit of the times may alter, will alter. Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may become persecutor, and better men be his victims. It can never be too often repeated that the time for fixing every essential right, on a legal basis, is while our rulers are honest, ourselves united. From the conclusion of this war we shall be going down hill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will be heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion.”
          Thomas Jefferson

          • g.johnon

            yep, nostradamus had nothing on old tommy boy, that’s for damn sure.

          • THe same thing has happened to the writings of Nostradamus as happened to the writings of Jesus Christ’s followers. They’ve been transliterated and translated into mush on the way to being in English.

  • At least he wasn’t executed for it, as many innocents are.

    • David E

      That’s why I am against the death penalty. Not that some crimes don’t deserve it, they do. There are simply too many mistakes, both in good faith and like this case, with clear bad faith.

      • There is a more important reason why the death penalty is illicit.
        If the government gets its just powers from the consent of the governed, why don’t the governed have the right to commit capital punishment?

        • David E

          Because any fool that thinks you wronged him would have the “right” to execute you without due process or even probable cause?

          You a re right on the second point.

          • Most of the fools that I’ve known that would kill someone who they think wronged them were military members who had been convinced that they are heroes, by idiots who think that they needed to be saved by them.

          • David E

            dead is still dead, regardless of the identity of the fool.

          • Physical death is of no concern to me. Since it is eventual, I’m doing everything I can to make sure that my own is as swift and painless as possible while minimizing physical and psychic pain in the meantime.