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Rhode Island judge agrees to release man on bail after vacating murder conviction


PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — A Rhode Island judge who vacated the murder conviction of a man who spent 23 years in prison has agreed to release him on bail.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1TCGkvb ) that Judge Daniel Procaccini on Friday ruled that 62-year-old Raymond Tempest can be released, but delayed the order until 4 p.m. Tuesday to allow time for a review by the state Supreme Court.

Tempest was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1982 bludgeoning death of Doreen Picard in Woonsocket. He has maintained his innocence.

Procaccini vacated the conviction last month. The judge faulted police and prosecutors for violating Tempest's due process rights by suggestively questioning witnesses, failing to disclose evidence and suppressing details about a witness's changing statements.

Prosecutors are expected to appeal Procaccini's ruling to the state Supreme Court.

Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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