Richard Beranek spent 20 years after he was found guilty of sexual assault and sentenced to 243-years in the early ‘90s. Now, he’s been released and exonerated of all charges.
That’s thanks to recent revelations that hair tests widely used at that time were flawed. In Beranek’s case, new analysis shows hair found at the scene of the crime and used in his case wasn’t his.
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has been reporting on these flawed hair samples and Beranek’s case. WORT Producer Nina Kravinsky spoke with managing editor of the center, Dee Hall.