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Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 08/07/2012

DeMorning Links: Not actually innocent


Catherine Fuller with her son, William, in a 1983 family photograph taken near their K Street NE home. (Fuller family )
The six men convicted of Catherine Fuller’s brutal 1984 murder will remain convicted and behind bars, a Superior Court judge ruled Monday. The decision means the end, for now, of a dramatic bid to free the jailed men based on evidence of a flawed prosecution. Keith Alexander writes in the Post: “During three weeks of hearings in April, prosecutors squared off against defense attorneys, who argued that authorities, pressured by city residents and elected officials, rushed their investigation and arrested the wrong men; purposely withheld important evidence that hurt the defendants’ case; and threatened witnesses into lying.” But Judge Frederick H. Weisberg didn’t buy it: “After considering all of the evidence, both at trial and at the hearings, the court concludes that petitioners have not come close to demonstrating actual innocence,” Weisberg wrote. Defense attorneys pledge to appeal.

In other news:

Half of all D.C. traffic fatalities in 2010 were pedestrians (Post)

City-appointed tax commission starts its work (WaTimes)

$34 million Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool rebuild is nearly complete (Post)

Coming to Massachusetts Avenue NW: A huge billboard for gun lessons (WBJ)

The guys who led the D.C./Batimore 2012 Olympics push are now looking at 2024 (Sun, WRC-TV)

Mayor’s chief of staff had breakfast with famous crisis consultant amid crisis (AP, Post)

Chuck Thies: “I would be concerned if Gray’s lieutenants had not sought recommendations from a specialist. District residents benefit when the administration functions well.” (WRC-TV)

Jonetta Rose Barras: “These days, education reform borders on a covert action, filled with code language, secret meetings for select individuals, and unexplained financial disbursements.” (Examiner)

Controversial campaign consultant Vicky Wilcher is helping Ron Moten’s Ward 7 bid (WaTimes)

Only part of lesbian cops’ discrimination lawsuit will go forward (HuffPo)

PTA accuses fired DCPS principal of absconding with computer, trashing sensitive documents (WJLA-TV)

Want to sue D.C. Water over Bloomingdale flooding? (Bloomingdale blog)

Three dead, one wounded in weekend bloodshed (Post)

More on plans for Bible museum set to hold some 40,000 artifacts (Post)

Federal money granted for Kennedy Street NW rebuild, performance parking (Beyond DC)

Another poll finds dim view of Pepco’s storm performance (WTOP)

“[W]e should be seen as a model for high-functioning, thoughtful city government, not a model of corruption and greed.” (Blade)

City buys former used car lot in Shaw in redevelopment bid (WBJ)

Georgetown canalboat won’t be destroyed until mules can tow it upriver (Patch)

Ty Barnett’s Vegas fight didn’t pan out (The Root DC)

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