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Leroy Harris

Leroy Harris served twenty-nine years for a crime he did not commit. In 1989, Leroy was convicted of a crime that occurred in 1983 in New Haven, Connecticut, based on identifications made for the first time six years after the crime when he was in court sitting conspicuously at counsel's table, and despite the fact that the victims had been showed his photo shortly after the crime and he was not familiar to them. The Connecticut Supreme Court recently held that such in court identifications are inherently suggestive and are inadmissible on due process grounds. At Mr. Harris' trial, the prosecution failed to disclose exculpatory Brady material and fabricated testimony to bolster its weak case. Despite clear evidence of his innocence as well as evidence that his conviction lacked integrity, the prosecutor's office refused to vacate Leroy's conviction, offering a sentence modification instead. Eager to reunite with his ailing mother, having already lost his father and several siblings during his incarceration, Leroy took an Alford plea and was able to return home to his family two days before Thanksgiving 2017. Committed to helping others, Leroy founded a non-profit while incarcerated and is eager continue that philanthropic work and to find employment in the culinary arts.