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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Mary Devoy

Frank Green: “If Michael McAlister is committed [to the VCBR], unless he admits he committed the crime and submits to treatment it is unlikely he ever will be released from the state’s behavioral treatment center, in Burkeville”.


RICHMOND POLICE DEPARTMENT

Police photos of Michael Kenneth McAlister (left)
and Norman Bruce Derr that were used in McAlister's 1986 trial .
Pardon sought for man who claims innocence but is facing sex offender commitment, April 8, 2015
By Frank Green

His prison sentence ended in January, but Michael McAlister remains behind bars and could spend the rest of his life in custody for crimes he insists he did not commit. 

Legal machinery now is in motion to hold him indefinitely for treatment as a violent sex offender, based on 1986 convictions for abduction and attempted rape. Those are crimes he always has denied committing — and an innocence claim long supported by the detective who investigated him. 

In what may be McAlister’s last chance to clear his name and avoid life in the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation, a request for an absolute pardon will be handed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe today along with a plea that he act before May 18, when a probable cause hearing is set as part of the civil commitment process. 

Pardon requests can take months if not years to resolve without DNA or other smoking-gun evidence. A spokesman for McAuliffe said Tuesday that his office handles pardon requests the same way as other governors, by forwarding them to the parole board for an investigation and recommendation. 

McAlister had a pardon request rejected in 2003 by then-Gov. Mark R. Warner, whose office and parole board spent 10 months considering it. 

Since then, however, more information supporting McAlister’s claim has come to light, and this time his petition is backed by a prosecutor. 

“Mr. McAlister’s case presents the nightmare scenario we all fear — overwhelming evidence of systemic failure at just about every juncture,” said Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring, who was a college student when McAlister was convicted in 1986. 

Herring said that shortly after McAlister’s trial the prosecution team had doubt about his guilt, but “the concerns were ignored. Roughly 29 years later, the commonwealth is poised to double down on its mistake by seeking to have him declared and held as a sexually violent predator for a crime he didn’t commit.” 

Added Herring: “I think our justice system is one of the best on the planet. But this case makes me ashamed of it.” 

As McAlister’s prison term neared an end, his sexual assault convictions set in motion the civil commitment process and state law bars McAlister from challenging the validity of his convictions. Only a pardon from the governor can stop the risk of civil commitment at this point, McAlister’s lawyers say.