Exonerated men share their sagas By Pamela Gould March 29, 2014
It was a dramatic turn of events for the former
resident who spent the past seven years shunning attention because of the label
of rapist legally attached to his name. Stafford County
But in Banks, Coker found someone who understood.
“It’s a relief to finally find someone who knows what I actually went through, being locked up for nothing. That’s special,” said Coker, 22.
Both Banks and Coker were teens when they were accused of rape by an acquaintance. For both, it was the accuser’s recantation that started the exoneration process rolling.
And for both, it was the work of an Innocence Project that led to their names finally being cleared.
That’s what brought Banks, who lives in
and Coker, an resident, together
this week and what led to them being seated on either side of Grisham on
Wednesday evening for an Innocence Project fundraiser at the University of
Virginia School of Law. Orange