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Judge denies convicted rapist's new trial request based on unearthed document

Judge denies convicted rapist's new trial request based on unearthed document

Buried deep in microfilm court records once thought to have been lost or destroyed, convicted rapist John W. Hill found a document that he believed could set him free.

Hill had been charged with two rapes in 1982, cases that were never prosecuted until being revived by the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office in 2014 as Hill neared release from prison on unrelated charges. Despite no physical evidence, Hill was tried, convicted, and sentenced to 25 years in prison last year.

But after his conviction, Hill discovered an old document that showed the case had been dropped in the 1980s. A brief notation indicated a "Hicks" problem — referring to a violation of...

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