photo by Jana Birchum

Better Late Than Nevers

Fran and Dan Keller

It took 25 years and two new district attorneys, but Fran and Dan Keller – the Oak Hill daycare providers swept up in the satanic ritual abuse craze of the late Eighties and early Nineties and sentenced to 48 years in prison for a sexual assault that never happened – have finally been exonerated. D.A. Margaret Moore acknowledged that the mistaken testimony of then-novice emergency room doctor Michael Mouw meant there was no actual evidence to suggest that the Kellers committed any crimes. Though they’ve been out of jail since Moore’s predecessor Rosemary Lehmberg acknowledged in 2013 that Mouw’s recanted testimony indicated they did not receive a fair trial, at the time they weren’t considered fully innocent – a technicality that prevented them from receiving wrongful imprisonment compensation ($3.4 million, collected in August) and carried countless prohibitive marks on their personal records.

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