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Man exonerated in 1982 Baton Rouge rape after fingerprint technology shows match to serial rapist | The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

By March 21, 2019 No Comments

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By Lea SkeneArchie Williams stepped out of the 19th Judicial District courthouse and into the sunshine Thursday afternoon surrounded by relatives and lawyers — his first taste of freedom after more than 36 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Williams wore a black suit with a purple shirt and matching plaid tie. He smiled nervously at the cameras gathered on the courthouse steps and then described the bittersweet feeling of the moment: He’s relieved to be free again but struggles to leave behind other innocent people serving time for wrongful convictions in Louisiana prisons.

“I’m not free until they’re free,” he said.

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