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Alaska: Native American Veteran Dies in Police Custody

joseph_murphySimon Moya-Smith,  Indian Country Today, Dec 1, 2015

A Native American man died in holding cell in Juneau, Alaska, after prison staff there allegedly told him “You could die right now and I don’t care,” according to a newly released report reviewing the state’s department of corrections.

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Alaska: Fairbanks Four ‘Upbeat’ As Evidentiary Hearings Near Conclusion

Photo: thefairbanksfour.com

Photo: thefairbanksfour.com

by Richard Walker, Indian Country Today, Nov 2, 2015

Four Alaska Native men hoping to be exonerated of the 1997 beating death of Fairbanks teenager John Hartman are confident their innocence is being proven by evidence and testimony provided this month in a series of hearings.

“The evidence we are presenting is really cumulative, and each builds on the last,” said Bill Oberly of the Alaska Innocence Project, which is assisting the defense for George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent. “We have the confession of William Holmes as the starting point and have built on that. We supported his confession with corroborating evidence and then presented evidence that the initial convictions were baseless … The petitioners remain upbeat about how the case is going.”

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