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George Whitmore Jr. dies at 68; exonerated in three N.Y. murders
George Whitmore Jr. dies at 68; exonerated in three N.Y. murders

In the city of New York, in 1964, a destitute young black man named George Whitmore Jr. confessed to three murders he did not commit. "I didn't do it, but they wouldn't believe me," Whitmore, then a 50-year-old handyman, told New York Newsday in 1995. "At one point I really did think I was going to the electric chair." He was eventually proved innocent, and his legal case helped persuade New York lawmakers in the mid-1960s to drop the state's death penalty for most crimes. The case was also cited in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1966 Miranda ruling, which established such protections for suspects as the right to remain silent. Whitmore died Oct....

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