(Indianapolis, IN – May 10, 2017) A judge today granted a motion by the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office to dismiss the 1992 rape charges against William Barnhouse based on new DNA evidence proving Barnhouse’s innocence of the crime. With Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Arnold’s consent, the Innocence Project and the Wrongful Conviction Clinic at Indiana University McKinney persuaded a Delaware County court to reverse Barnhouse’s conviction on March 8, 2017 based on this new evidence. Further proceedings in the case were scheduled for May. Arnold’s decision to dismiss the indictment against Barnhouse, who has dealt his entire life with serious mental health conditions, ends his 25 year struggle for justice.
“We’re thankful to the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office for moving quickly to dismiss the charges against Mr. Barnhouse,” said Seema Saifee, a staff attorney with the Innocence Project, which is affiliated with Cardozo School of Law. “Mr. Barnhouse has waited a long time for this day. While no innocent person should have to endure a wrongful incarceration, prison can be especially devastating for someone like Mr. Barnhouse who is dealing with lifelong mental health conditions.”
Barnhouse said, “It was rough. I was always innocent. I’m glad it’s finally over. I feel so happy.”
Two years ago, we put a citizens petition on the ballot in the Winnacunnet School District asking voters if they wanted to continue with the Common Core educational experiment, along with Smarter Balanced Assessment and the invasions of children's privacy. When introduced at the Fourth Grade level, many children were so confused and frustrated by the new standards that they actually slipped behind a whole grade level, entering the 5th grade at a 3rd grade reading level!
The measure passed every town in our district, winning more than 62% of the vote overall. Unfortunately, the school district has continued to expand on Common Core, despite the voters rejecting this educational experiment in our schools.
Will you please vote with me on Tuesday, March 14th to reject Common Core and return to local control of our schools.
Abramson, a state representative from Seabrook, unofficially received slightly over 31,000 votes for governor, or 4.3 percent of the total – better than the 4 percent trigger required by state law for a party to have ballot access. If those results hold, it will be much easier for Libertarians to be put on the ballot starting with 2018 party primaries, or earlier if there is a special election for state office.
“The Libertarian will not have to petition to get any of their candidates on the ballot,” said Darryl Perry of Keene, chairman of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. “Candidates won’t have to go out and collect a large number of petitions in a short period of time. They’ll just pay that $2 filing fee (as with) other parties.”
“This will ultimately save Libertarians thousands of dollars, hundreds of man hours, for getting on the ballot,” he said.
The real problem with our political system is that statewide and Congressional candidates are for sale. I was the prime sponsor on the GMO labeling bill this year, running into out of state corporate lobbyists for Monsanto and others who were able to must opposition from both Republicans and Democrats. I prime sponsored a bill to open broadband up to free market competition, and telecom lobbyists showed up in opposition, eventually tabling the issue on the floor of the House. $6.5 million in out of state "dark money" is going into statewide races, including millions to the two executive councilors I'm running against. We've got to combat the corruption--not run this as a horse race every year.
Rep. MAX ABRAMSON
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