Imagine taking the advice of your lawyer and instead of proving your innocent you plead no contest and are sent to prison.
That’s what happened to a former Long Beach, California, high school football star whose college and potentially pro prospects were derailed by a rape conviction was exonerated late last week after serving more than five years in prison when a judge threw out the charge.
Brian Banks, who's now 26, pleaded no contest 10 years ago on the advice of his lawyer after a friend falsely accused him of raping her at their high school.
The exoneration was set in motion when the woman, Wanetta Gibson, friended Banks on Facebook when he got out of prison and acknowledged during a meeting with him that she'd lied and offered to help him clear his record, but she was afraid to tell prosecutors.
So, a second meeting between the two was set up and secretly videotaped.
Here’s why Wanetta Gibson didn't want to tell that to prosecutors, because she was worried that she'd have to give back a $1.5 million payment from a civil suit brought by her mother against Long Beach schools.
So if you were sent to prison for a crime you didn’t do what would you do? Probably sue the person and the state right?
Not Brian, his lawyer said he doesn’t plan on taking legal action against Gibson.
Brian said, "It's been a struggle. But I'm unbroken, and I'm still here today,".
“I know it’s best for me to try and move forward in a positive manner for the betterment of me, it hurts no one but myself to hang on to the type of negative energy,”.
- IF WE HAD MORE PEOPLE LIKE BRIAN WE WOULD PROBABLY SEE A LOT FEWER LAWSUIT CASES IN COURT
YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE A GREAT ENDING TO THIS STORY? IF SOME NFL TEAM HAD HIM AS A WALK ON TO TRY OUT