Brian Banks (Of The Atlanta Falcons) & His Mother Join March For The Wrongfully Convicted

Brian Banks (Of The Atlanta Falcons) & His Mother Join March For The Wrongfully Convicted

The group’s “freedom walk” started in downtown San Diego on April 27 and is set to finish at the state Capitol on June 20, where marchers will present clemency petitions for the “California 12” to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Banks was a highly-touted young athlete who was accused of rape at age 16. He was arrested and, on the advice of counsel, pleaded no contest to avoid a possible life sentence.

A hidden-camera confession by his accuser, Wanetta Gibson, led to his exoneration after he spent five years in prison. Banks' conviction was thrown out in May 2012.

A private investigator caught Gibson on tape admitting that she made up the story that Banks raped her in a stairwell. The Long Beach Unified School District sued Gibson in April for $2 million to recoup a settlement she was awarded after trial.

Banks signed with the Atlanta Falcons on April 3.

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