The 'Norfolk 4' Case

ABOUT THIS STORY |  In July 1997, three men confessed to raping and murdering Michelle Moore-Bosko in Norfolk, Va.; a fourth admitted to the rape. Despite later recanting their stories, which they said were coerced by police, all four were convicted. A fifth man later confessed to both crimes alone and was convicted; his was the only DNA found at the crime scene. Va. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine pardoned three of the men, who were still serving jail time, in August 2009. The fourth member of the so called "Norfolk 4," his sentence already served, was not pardoned.

The Norfolk Four
From left, Derek Tice, Danial Williams and Joseph Dick Jr. were pardoned by Va. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine in August 2009. Eric Wilson, who was not pardoned, is not pictured. (AP/The Virginian-Pilot.)

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EVERY ONCE in a while, a case comes along that defies all logic. Why, for example, would anyone who is innocent plead guilty to a savage rape and murder? How could a jury convict someone when not one scintilla of evidence points to his involvement? How could prosecutors press a case against a group...
 
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Clear the Norfolk 4 (January 13, 2008)
 
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Make the Call (June 21, 2007)
 
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VIRGINIA BRIEFING: VIRGINIA BRIEFING (Post, December 21, 2006)
 
Attention: Tim Kaine (December 1, 2006)
 
Conviction Overturned In 1997 Rape, Slaying: Judge Cites Failure to Contest Confession (Post, December 1, 2006)
 
A Decision for Mr. Kaine (July 25, 2006)
 
The 'Norfolk 4' Belong in Prison (Post, January 14, 2006)
 
Jurors Back Clemency for 'Norfolk 4': Convictions Renounced In Rape-Murder Case (Post, January 6, 2006)
 
Justice in Norfolk? (January 5, 2006)
 
In Virginia, 4 Innocent Men Deserve Clemency. (November 27, 2005)
 

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