A California woman falsely imprisoned for 17 years after being convicted of murder walked to freedom Friday after a judge called her life sentence “a failure of the criminal justice system” and ordered her release.

Susan Mellen, 59, was embraced by her three children and said, “We’re going to have a new beginning.”

(READ the story, w/ happy photo, from the Daily Breeze)

Photo from Innocence Matters – Story tip from Judy Ritchie

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