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After doing nearly 28 years for a crime he didn’t commit, Bernard Young says he’s not angry or bitter – though he’s still got a score to settle with the City of Detroit and the police officer he claims wronged him. On Wednesday, the 59-year-old man whose hair turned gray in the prison system sued the City of Detroit and Sgt. Shelley Foy, claiming they are both responsible for letting him serve 27 years and 179 days in prison for molestation when they knew another man had committed the crime. Young’s lawsuit alleges that Foy knew early on that Young’s two young accusers had recanted their story and outed their real abuser — their mother’s boyfriend — but she withheld this information from Young and his lawyers and cost him decades of […]
After serving 28 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Bernard Young sat in a courtroom Wednesday wearing a silver cross as a symbol of his faith, beaming as he heard the words he has long waited to hear: Your case is dismissed. And he wasn’t bitter, or angry. Rather, the mild-mannered man who was wrongfully convicted of child molestation smiled, hugged his lawyer, then walked over to his sister — the driving force behind his years-long fight for justice who brought him to this day. “It’s all over. It’s all over. Thank you my angel. God is with us,” Young said to his crying sister as the two embraced in the courtroom. Before the hearing, the mostly gray-haired Young stressed that he harbors no ill will […]