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Wrongly Convicted Leonard Cure to be Released from Florida Prison

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A man serving a life sentence for a 2003 armed robbery and armed aggravated assault in Dania Beach should be freed while his case is reviewed further, according to the Broward State Attorney’s Office. The prosecutor who convicted him is having serious doubts about eye witness testimony and the lack of any evidence connection Cure to the robbery.Leonard Cure, 50, was found guilty of robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm by a Broward jury. Because he was classified as a habitual felony offender, he was sentenced to life in state prison on Nov. 3, 2004.But the Broward State Attorney’s Office is recommending that he should be released immediately “while prosecutors complete a more extensive reexamination of his case.”“This is the right thing to do,” added Broward State Attorney Mike Satz.Cure is expected to be released from the Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell next Tuesday.He was convicted of stealing $1,700 in cash from two employees of a Walgreen’s store in Dania Beach on Nov. 10, 2003 (Case Number: 03-019405CF10A).A memo written by Berger reads in part:“The issues we find most troublesome are those surrounding how Cure became a suspect in the first place. Seemingly, a man who had no connection to a Walgreen’s robbery became the main suspect after someone reviewed photos of well-dressed/neat-appearing African-American males. That was it, there was no physical evidence, no witnesses who knew him, nothing but an alleged search in the questionable ‘TRAP’ Program. The case became questionable at the very onset. If the identification was bad, then everything that comes after is bad as well.“The original prosecutor also saw the weaknesses in this case. Once one of the two victims had a difficult time identifying Cure in the lineup and after the first jury came back hung, he offered a below guidelines sentence of 7 years. Cure has now served significantly more time than that, over 16 years. After the hung jury, he continued to maintain his innocence. A second jury convicted him and he was then sentenced by the Judge [Fred Berman] to life in prison.“After considering all the facts and circumstances of this case, it is our conclusion that it is in the best interest of justice to release Cure as soon as possible. We would like to modify his sentence and give time served for his 16 years plus in Florida State Prison. This will allow for the defendant to be released after serving a significant amount of time while we can thoroughly review his case for a potential exoneration.”Click here to read the order modifying Cure’s sentence.Broward County Judge Circuit Judge John J. Murphy III signed the order to release Cure from prison.“I am beyond excited. I have so many thanks for the State Attorney’s Office and the Innocence Project of Florida for paving the way for my freedom. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family for the first time in 16 years,” Cure said to the Innocence Project of Florida upon finding out about his release from prison.last_img read more

Freshmen lead Syracuse attack as team makes postseason push

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Erin Simon will never forget her first goal for Syracuse.“It was pretty awesome; it was pretty cool to be a header,” Simon said. “I mean you don’t really score headers a lot.”Simon is one of eight freshmen on the Orange. The ability of the group to adjust to the higher level of play is critical to the team’s success. Through 14 games, the freshmen have risen to the occasion.The Orange (8-4-2, 5-1-1 Big East) is second in the American division of the Big East conference and is looking to make the postseason for the first time since 2001. The playoffs wouldn’t have been on the team’s radar if it weren’t for the contributions of so many first-year players.Simon and fellow freshman Jackie Firenze are two of the team’s top-three goal scorers this season, and both are in the top four in points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The speed of play and level of play, it’s a lot different than high school or anything like that, so I guess I’ve just had to adapt to the speed,” Firenze said.Though she started every game this season, Firenze did not get a point in her first five games. But she then went on to score four goals in the next nine games, tying her with senior Alyscha Mottershead on goals.“In the beginning of the season, I kind of struggled with finishing so that Long Island goal definitely helped my confidence,” she said.Simon’s first goal was also in the game against Long Island. Since then, she has started all but one game, and now is tied for third on the team in points.While the game against LIU was a pivotal moment for Simon, she said it was important for the team in general.“It was just a turning point for the whole team because I really think we started to improve from there, and step up our game as a whole,” she said.Head coach Phil Wheddon agreed.“When we played Long Island and Army, those were games that we really should’ve had more of an impact in overall and I think we challenged the players at that point,” Wheddon said.Simon and Firenze scored the only goals in the Orange’s most recent game against Pittsburgh, the team’s fourth win in a row.But it’s not just Simon and Firenze who are contributing. Six of the eight freshmen have received playing time this season, and five have had either a goal or an assist.“I think everyone has become more tactically aware, everyone’s clued in to what we’re trying to do and our style of play, which is a little bit different than what they’ve done in the past,” Wheddon said. “They’ve bought into what we’re trying to do, they’ve bought into the system and they’re making an impact, so that’s all I can ask as the coach.”Simon said it has been a group effort.“Our work and effort have definitely stepped up a lot,” she said. “The older girls push us to be better players and we make them work harder to make them better players.”Their closeness off the field has translated to success on it.The freshmen were already connected going into the season, having used Facebook and other social media to get in touch before the start of preseason practice.The group’s chemistry has proven to be beneficial so far this season for the Orange. Wheddon said he sees the effect the freshmen have had on the team.“They’re a close-knit group; they work well together,” Wheddon said. “They’re all going to have an impact in the program as they move forward.” Comments Published on October 10, 2012 at 12:31 am Contact Jack: [email protected]last_img read more

FUFA clears Green Light stadium as Onduparaka`s FC home ground

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Green Light stadiumKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA has cleared Green Light stadium as the home ground of Onduparaka FC. This follows an inspection of the facility by the technical team from the federation.In August this year, FUFA declined to clear Green Light stadium as the home ground of Onduparaka FC, citing lack of toilets in the dressing rooms. As a result, Onduparaka FC played its first Uganda Premier league match this season against Police FC at Luzira grounds.However, the Federation has cleared the stadium to host premier league matches. In his September 03rd, 2019 letter, the Chief Executive Officer Uganda Premier league, Bernard Bainamani Bampire, says they have received green light to use the facility.He says the inspection shows that the facility passed the minimum requirements set by FUFA for any club to host the Uganda premier league fixtures. Mark Lulua, the Media Officer Onduparaka FC has welcomed the decision, saying it is good news for the club.According to Lulua, the club was bound to lose money in term of gate collection as well as local support because many of their fans find it costly to travel to Kampala to watch their games. Lulua explains that on average the club collects between Shillings 20 Million and 25 Million during each game at the Green Light stadium.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more