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Another man vindicated

Kevin Martin, right, exults with son Kevin, left, as they exit D.C. Superior courthouse after the elder Martin was exonerated for a crime he didn’t commit. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Kevin Martin has been out of prison for five years now, after spending 26 years behind bars for a 1982 D.C. killing he did not commit. But Monday was a special day for Martin, 50, who was declared “actually innocent” by a Superior Court judge on the basis of recent DNA testing. Still, Martin’s exoneration remains part of a larger tragedy in which faulty FBI hair analysis put at least four other men behind bars for D.C. crimes they did not commit. U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. continues to examine old cases for similar evidence issues, The Washington Post’s Keith Alexander and Spencer Hsu report, and while the D.C. review is winding down, a national review is also underway — meaning many more Kevin Martins might be out there. More from WTTG-TV’s Paul Wagner.

In other news:

Barack Obama on D.C. statehood: “I’m for it” (PostWAMU-FMAPDCistWashingtonianWJLA-TVCity Desk)

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) on why he sticks up for D.C.: “I feel that the people should have their rights and should be treated as such” (City Desk)

“Congress, it seems, has gotten so pathetic that even the protesters aren’t bothering to show up” (Post)

Why was David Catania the only council member not to sign a pro-union letter? (DofD)

Under new online system, mi FOIA es su FOIA? (Loose

Corcoran students and staff are granted standing to oppose merger deal, forcing trial (PostAP)

United Medical Center CEO says operating subsidy won’t be needed this year (NewsTalk)

Activists will appeal ruling against school closure lawsuit (Post)

Pop-ups threaten home solar arrays in Petworth (Post)

Former council candidate A.J. Cooper is now an urban farmer (ElevationDC)

“Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival” is next event to enliven St. Elizabeths east campus (DCist)

Carl Bernstein, Richard Nixon and the development of D.C.’s bike laws (Post column)

Cathy Lanier on bikes and bikers (WashCycle)

The Carolmobile’s signage may not be in compliance (PoPville)

At least one Shepherd Park resident hates car2go (GGW)

Shipping containers arrive, Brookland survives (PostWTTG-TV)

D.C. cop accused of trying to kill wife goes to trial in Prince George’s (AP)

Metrobus driver slashed by rider in Tenleytown (PostWTTG-TV)

Yvette Alexander is named among the “final ‘Redskins’ defenders in politics” (National Journal)

Latest scourge of the streets: Unlicensed barbecue (PoPville)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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