When a judge agreed this week to let Eric J. Everette out of prison more than four decades after he was convicted of rape and assault, everyone in the Baltimore courtroom seemed satisfied — and some overjoyed.
Circuit Judge Charles J. Peters granted a joint request for his release by Everette and his prosecutors, changing the sentence he received at 16 of life in prison with the possibility of parole to time served plus five years' probation.
To Everette, who has maintained his innocence and is now 58, the decision represented a second chance at life and a small piece of justice restored. But beyond the courthouse, not everyone agreed.
Lauren McKee, the woman Everette...