Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Grants Absolute Pardon to Michael Kenneth McAlister

Past Posts  on Michael Kenneth McAlister case:

News Release from Governors Office: 

RICHMONDGovernor Terry McAuliffe today issued the following statement after granting an absolute pardon to Michael Kenneth McAlister. 

“Today I am issuing an absolute pardon for Michael Kenneth McAlister. My staff and I have carefully and thoroughly reviewed the documentation in this case and concluded that a pardon is appropriate in light of the overwhelming evidence, including a recent confession by another individual, pointing to Mr. McAlister’s actual innocence of the crime for which he was convicted. 

“Mr. McAlister has served 29 years in prison, and he had faced the potential to be civilly committed for a crime he did not commit. A number of individuals in the law enforcement community, including the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Richmond, have concluded that this crime was committed by another individual, and that Mr. McAlister should be freed to return to his family and his community. I have reached the same conclusion, and I have acted in accordance with the law. 

“The integrity of our justice system depends on the guarantee of a fair trial that is informed by all available evidence. Protecting that integrity requires quick action in the event that new evidence comes to light.” 


Pardoned man: No resentment for victim who identified him, May 14, 2015

Tears of joy for Va. family as man pardoned after 29 years, May 14, 2015

McAlister leaves prison 29 years after wrongful convictions, May 14, 2015

Governor pardons Va. man in prison 29 years in case of mistaken identity, May 14, 2015