A long 26 years later, two men wrongfully convicted of rape were finally exonerated on Monday in a Manhattan Supreme Court after the accuser admitted the assault “never happened.”
In 1991, Van Dyke Perry and Gregory Counts were convicted of the kidnaping and rape of an unidentified woman in Harlem despite a lack of physical evidence. Perry spent 11 years behind bars and Counts served 26 years.
The woman claimed she was kidnapped at knife-point and raped in a car by three black men near her Queens residence. But there was no physical evidence to support her accusations concerning Perry and Counts; the semen collected after the alleged rape did not match the accused. However, as noted by Vibe, the prosecution relied on the “inconsistent testimony” of the accuser, who was a recovering crack addict. Moreover, as pointed out by the defense at the time, the woman’s then-boyfriend was wanted by authorities for shooting Perry two months before the alleged incident.
In April, the accused admitted to authorities and the New York Innocence Project that she lied about the rape. It “never happened,” she confessed, adding that she was on drugs at the time and pressured by her then-boyfriend to lie . . .
After the men had their convictions vacated in court, an emotional Counts amazingly expressed his forgiveness for the woman who wrongfully accused him of rape; the woman responsible for putting him behind bars for 26 long years. (Read more from “Accuser Recants: Two Men Wrongfully Convicted of Rape Exonerated 26 Years Later” HERE)