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Kevin Strickland is free

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After 43 years in prison, Kevin Strickland has finally been freed as a Missouri judge overturned his conviction. Strickland's case was among the longest wrongful imprisonments in the country. Plus, some Missouri homeowners are get rid of racial covenants that banned nonwhite people from buying houses.

Kevin Strickland was freed from a state prison in Cameron, Missouri, on Tuesday afternoon, hours after a judge set aside Strickland’s 1979 conviction and ordered that he be immediately released. In the ruling, the judge wrote that Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker had "met her burden of providing clear and convincing evidence that undermines the Court's confidence in the judgment of conviction.”

Thousands of property deeds in Missouri have racial covenants, which once banned people of color from buying those homes. Those covenants are no longer
legal or enforceable, but in Missouri, there’s no easy way of removing them. St. Louis Public Radio’s Corinne Ruff reports that as more homeowners try to set things right,they’ve discovered there’s no simple answers.

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