Dave Carey Pro Bono Work Gets Innocent Man Released
DNA Evidence Clears Deaf-Mute Suspect
Principal Dave Carey, working pro bono (donating his time in the interests of justice), has secured the release and acknowledgment of innocence of a Havre de Grace man accused of rape. The man, who is deaf and mute, was arrested and charged with many separate counts, all stemming from the accusations of assault on a woman to whom he had given a ride home.
However, in a process reminiscent of NCIS or CSI episodes on TV, DNA evidence collected at the scene, from the car and from the supposed victim and the alleged suspect did not yield results consistent with the alleged acts. The supposed victim also gave inconsistent accounts of the incident, says Carey, and as a result of Carey's petitions, the States Attorney's Office dropped all charges and admitted that there was no evidence warranting the pursuit of the matter as a criminal act.
The accused man, who is indigent, could not afford legal counsel, and so Carey agreed to defend him "pro bono" ("for the good"). Says Carey, "Even though this was a man who obviously cannot speak for himself, still he spent 6 months in jail for a crime he didn't commit."