Faulty Evidence Frees Queens Man From Prison After 24 Years

This has been a busy summer for New York’s wrongfully convicted.  At age 79, Han Tak Lee is both the oldest and newest addition to an ever-growing list of exonerated defendants — a list which already includes Jonathan Fleming, Jabbar Collins, David Ranta, and the members of the notorious “Central Park Five.”  Lee was convicted of murdering his mentally ill daughter by way of arson in 1990, and spent nearly a quarter of a century behind bars until his long-overdue release in August.  How did Lee’s attorneys clear Lee of his charges after so many years, and why was an innocent man found guilty in the first place?

 


Victor Knapp