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Concealed evidence, a coerced confession and a biased detective sent an innocent 17-year-old to prison for murder, prosecutors say

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Keith Bsh innocent after 33 years in prison

Prosecutors in Long Island, New York filed a motion today to vacate the conviction of a black man who spent 33 years in prison for a murder they now say he did not commit, declaring that the case against Keith Bush was tainted by a coerced confession, a prosecutor who illegally suppressed evidence and racial animus by a lead detective.

The action marked a dramatic reversal by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, which for had long fought Bush’s efforts to reexamine his 1976 conviction, even as his steadfast refusal to admit guilt likely earned him an extra decade-plus in prison. Bush, who is now 62, was 17 when he was arrested. He was released on lifetime parole as a registered sex offender in 2007.

The motion will need to be granted by a judge before Bush is officially exonerated, but the filing details why the District Attorney's Conviction Integrity Bureau -- a unit responsible for examining potentially unjust convictions -- are seeking to clear him. The motion accuses former law enforcement officials of concealing evidence of a second suspect in the case, a murder of a 14-year-old girl. Prosecutors now believe that second suspect, since deceased, could have been the real killer.

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