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Friday, December 30, 2005

Payback?

Clarence Zacke, 68, manipulated the prison system by snitching on fellow inmates. Zacke did not discriminate--he implicated the guilty and the innocent.

Wilton Dedge was recently rewarded a $2 million dollar settlement by Florida Governor Jeb Bush because he had been wrongly convicted based largely on Zacke's testimony. Dedge spent 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Zacke, who was due to be released from prison for snitching to police about a murder-for-hire scheme, is now facing a trial on rape charges.

A middle-aged woman found out that Zacke was being released, and told investigators that he had raped her repeatedly between the ages of 7 and 11.

Zacke says that the new charges are "payback."

"The state knew where I was the whole time, and they purposely waited until I was ready to get out," Zack said.

Click here for the whole story from the Orlando Sentinal.

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