Court overturns man's conviction on sex assault
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A Las Vegas man who spent more than 10 years in prison has been ordered freed by a federal appeals court that overturned his sexual assault conviction.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Calvin O. Jackson released unless the state retries him. It found Jackson was prevented from presenting evidence that his alleged victim made prior claims of sexual assault against him.
Police later said those attacks never occurred.
Jackson was convicted on charges stemming from an October 1998 incident involving the woman, who claimed he threatened her with a screwdriver, raped and beat her. The Las Vegas Sun reported Monday that she recanted her claim before his trial but agreed to testify when threatened with perjury.
The appeals court says the evidence would have undermined her credibility.
Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com