man falsely convicted of rape is exonerated with UVa legal team's help,
February 11, 2014
Dierdre Enright, director of investigation for the
Innocence Project Clinic, criticized the lower level courts, which she said
“refused to acknowledge the merits” of the case despite the fact that the
alleged victim had recanted.
“There are very few people who could have afforded to
litigate this case for six years, which emphasizes the importance of law school
clinics and organizations that represent clients for free,” Enright said in
anews release from the law school.
For 7 years an innocent Virginia juvenile has languished on the
Virginia Sex Offender Registry as a Violent Offender. No college would accept
him because of the label and his parents had to move numerous times because of
issues and threats from neighbors, all because of the VSP posting.
On December 6, 2011 Edgar’s mother Cherri
Dulaney spoke to the Virginia Crime Commission about her son Edgar
Coker Jr.’s life on the Virginia Registry after a false accusation of rape.
Only because the UVA Innocence Project stepped up to help Edgar
did he finally receive justice 7 years later.
Per the below article, yesterday the judge ruled that Edgar should be removed from the
Virginia Sex Offender Registry. The VSP Posting may be coming down but
a Google search will forever bring up his Sex Offender information for
colleges, landlords and employers to find on independent and private websites.
This happy ending is just a dream for others who are falsely
accused of sexual crimes in Virginia because
without DNA evidence they can not get a second trial and the Innocence Project usually refuses to assist. Also because of Virginia’s archaic 21 Day to
Once the lie had been discovered Virginia should have a process to grant an exoneration and removal from the Registry, but no it took a team of UVA attorneys 5 years with a claim of a bad defense to finally get justice for Edgar. Most Virginians can’t afford one cheap/satisfactory attorney for a 6 month period, let alone a 5 year challenge!
Congratulations to Edgar and his family!
former Stafford teen’s name removed from sex
offender registry, vacates sentenceBy
Pamela Gould February 10, 2014