How Learning-Disabled Man Was Wrongly Imprisoned


Dan Lackey, a learning-disabled man from Syracuse, was imprisoned more than three years for a crime he didn’t commit. The Syracuse Post-Standard pieces the story together about how it happened even though a judge and at least one juror thought the evidence was unconvincing. The key evidence was a confession Lackey supposedly made to a police officer.

The judge threw the case out after evidence emerged that the accuser had fabricated charges of another supposed sexual assault. In the meantime, Lackey’s family had spent $50,000 on his defense.

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