Q: I spent over 10 years in jail because someone lied about me. I now have a witness of an admittance of perjury.
My sister accused me of touching her sexually. I did not do it. I was a minor at the time. I Did not have any family come to my defense. I was young and unknowing what was going on. The only evidence was my sisters testimony. A story she had heard her older sister telling for years about what our step dad was doing to her. I was adjudicated as a minor to stay in Oregon Youth Authority custody till I was 25 years of age. I was 15 years old at the time.
Many years later this sister confessed to her older sister that she lied and that I never touched or or anything at all.
I cant communicate to my youngest sister who made the accusation. She fears retribution from me for lieing and putting me in jail for so long. I have no intention of getting retribution. I just want my life back.
A: If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney, you should contact the Innocence Project, The ACLU, or the Southern Poverty Law Center. This might entitle you to some post conviction relief.
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