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Man in dismissed Maui rape case sues police, county and state

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:40 p.m. HST, Jan 30, 2013

WAILUKU >> A man who spent 20 years in prison in a rape case before his convictions were dismissed is suing the state, Maui County and the Maui Police Department.

The Maui News says 43-three-year-old Alvin Jardine III alleges that he was falsely arrested and wrongfully imprisoned in the rape and assault of a woman in her Haiku home in December 1990. 

The lawsuit also names the estate of Antonio Funes, the police detective assigned to the case.

Jardine was found guilty in April 1992 and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. But charges against him were dismissed in 2011 after DNA testing excluded him as a suspect. Prosecutors decided not to retry the case.

Jardine was represented by the Hawaii Innocence Project. He is seeking unspecified damages.

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hanoz808 wrote:
now what did the victim say about this new evidence?
on January 30,2013 | 12:16PM
My qustion is: 20 years ago the man was sentenced to 35 years. What has happened to our judicial system that a person nowadays get a term less than adequate for the crime?
on January 30,2013 | 12:53PM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
Nothing "happened to our judicial system." The man was proven to be innocent after twenty years into his sentence, so he was set free.
on January 30,2013 | 01:07PM
aomohoa wrote:
Our judicial system is a joke. Witnesses are easily confused and jurors are easily manipulated by lawyers. Why don't we just use Sodium Pentothal? You can't lie when under. Oh, I forgot , too many lawyers would be out of a job.
on January 30,2013 | 01:13PM
Mythman wrote:
The Hawaii Innocence Project is the single most important tool of justice in our state. It almost makes up for the multitude of unjust actions of everybody else involved in official administration of justice. God bless America and Alan Dershowitz
on January 30,2013 | 02:04PM
jussayin wrote:
First time I've heard about the Hawaii Innocence Project but it seems like a very good thing. Really sucks for the man who spent 20 years in jail when he was innocent. In this case, I don't blame him asking for compensation. 20 years; that's a long time.
on January 30,2013 | 03:25PM
808warriorfan wrote:
I wonder if any of the jurors are still around and if so how THEY must feel as THEY CONVICTED THIS MAN ?????
on January 30,2013 | 04:13PM
There goes our tax money and I don't blame the guy.
on January 30,2013 | 06:29PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Agree...I think if any one of us was in this situation we'd all do the same thing...I know I would
on January 30,2013 | 07:22PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Our tax money could go to much better use....but, yes, I would sue to high hell
on January 31,2013 | 01:04AM
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