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Judge Overturns Two 17-Year-Old Rape Convictions

A Vancouver judge Wednesday has overturned the convictions of two men who spent 17 years in prison on charges of rape and burglary.

The rape victim was blindfolded and saw her attackers only briefly. She picked Larry Davis and Alan Northrop out of a line up.

They were convicted in 1993 as a result. The men sent a letter to a law professor with the University of Washington Innocence Project a decade ago.

Attorneys with the project were able to prove Davis and Northrop innocent using DNA evidence. Northrop says there’s a lot he’s looking forward to.

Alan Northrop: “Walking out these doors and just seeing the outside. Go get the mail out of the mailbox. Get reacquainted with friends and family. Especially family.”

The men will receive no compensation for their time in jail.

27 states require compensation for people who are wrongfully convicted of crimes. But Washington and Oregon are not among them.

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