Johnnie O’Neal has been out of prison for nearly a decade, but he wasn’t cleared of his rape conviction until last month.  Now that he has fully been exonerated, O’Neal plans to sue the city over his 14 years of wrongful imprisonment.  Despite an alibi from several relatives and inconsistencies in the victim’s testimony, O’Neal was convicted of raping a woman at knifepoint on a Manhattan rooftop in 1984.  The Legal Aid Society reviewed O’Neal’s case over a period of five years and discovered evidence implicating, Gregory Smith, who likely committed not only that rape, but two others.

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