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Friends of Richard Lapointe

This website is dedicated to securing the freedom of Richard Lapointe, a man who was wrongfully imprisoned!

This soft little man with Dandy Walker syndrome has spent 20 years in prison for a crime he never could have even begun to commit. 

Lapointe was convicted of the 1987 rape and murder of his wife's grandmother.  Two years after the crime, he was questioned by police until 1:30 a.m. during which time he had signed three inconsistent confessions.  His approximately 25 current supporters, the "Friends of Richard Lapointe" have worked tirelessly for his freedom. Centurion Ministries is trying to prove Lapointe is innocent.

September 17, 2013: Last October, the state Appellate Court overturned Richardís convictions and ordered a new trial. Finally, his case is heard by the state Supreme Court.

To read the stories, check http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-lapointe-supreme-court-0917-20130916,0,628803.story and http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-lapointe-supreme-court-0918-20130917,0,1349701.story

Click here for the Supreme Court link: http://www.jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/Summaries/Docket/19079.htm 

October 1, 2012: Richard Lapointe is getting a new trial!!! The court ruled, "On appeal, the petitioner claims that the court improperly rejected his actual innocence and ineffective assistance of counsel claims. We conclude that the court properly determined that the petitioner failed to prove his actual innocence claim, but we agree with the petitioner that the stateís suppression of certain material evidence deprived him of a fair trial and that he was prejudiced by his prior habeas counselís failure to pursue that issue at the first habeas proceeding. Accordingly, we reverse in part the judgment of the habeas court and order  a new trial."On May 18, 2012, a band of people known as the Friends of Richard Lapointe assembled at the Connecticut Appellate Court. Richard Lapointe is a man with a disability who confessed to a crime he did not commit. We watched his lawyers continue their struggle to get Richard a new trial. Congrats to Richard and to his attorneys on their victory!!!

To read the story, check http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-lapointe-new-trial-20121001,0,7578147.story

Click here for the actual court ruling!

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