Man released from California prison after 38 years following DNA testHafsa Mustafa
Maurice Hastings, 69, who spent more than 38 years behind bars for a 1983 murder, has been released from a California prison after long-untested DNA evidence proved him innocent. While the DNA test pointed to a different person. “I prayed for many years that this day would come,” said Hastings, “I am not pointing fingers. I am not standing up here a bitter man, but I just want to enjoy my life now while I have it. “The district attorney, George Gascón said in a statement, “What has happened to Mr Hastings is a terrible injustice. This system is not perfect, and when we learn of new evidence which causes us to lose confidence in a conviction, it is our obligation to act swiftly”.