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On April 3, 2013, Brian Banks signed with the Atlanta Falcons and is now a part of their 90 man roster.  Right now you may be asking yourself, why do I care, and how could I make this happen to me?

But there’s a lot more to this story.  in 2002, Brian Banks was a 16 year old student at Long Beach Poly high school, a well known powerhouse of high school football in Southern California.  He was an outstanding linebacker, and he had drawn the attention of USC coach Pete Carroll.

Brian had his whole life ahead of him.  Even if he didn’t end up in the NFL, it seemed likely he would get a football scholarship at a great school, preparing him for a future as a productive member of society.  But if that’s what happened, I wouldn’t be writing about his story.

One summer day in 2002, Brian and a girl named Wanetta Gibson made out in a stair well on campus.  They didn’t have sex, and according to Brian, everything seemed fine.  Later that afternoon, Brian was arrested for raping her.  The rape kit came back negative, because they hadn’t had sex, but that didn’t seem to matter.  Brian’s public defender said that his size, age and race would mean a sure conviction of 40+ years, regardless of his guilt, and so she convinced him to plea bargain for a six year sentence on a reduced charge.

At this point, Brian’s life was ruined.  He served five years in California State Prison, and when he was released he had to register as a sex offender.  That meant he couldn’t even attend events like his little cousin’s birthday party, because as a registered sex offender he wasn’t allowed around children.  He was also required to wear a GPS tracking ankle bracelet at all times.

Then, in 2011, after suffering the indignity and humiliation that comes with being convicted of a crime he didn’t commit for almost a decade, Brian received a Facebook friend request that would change his life.  Wanetta Gibson, the alleged victim of his sexual assault wanted to reconnect with him.  She wanted to let bygones be bygones.  She wasn’t offering help, or to recant her completely made-up accusation, she just wanted to “hang out.”

Brian was understandably stunned at this turn of events.  Without accepting her friend request, Brian messaged her that they could hang out if she was willing to help him prove his innocence.  Knowing that this was an opportunity he could not pass up, Brian secretly recorded two meetings with Gibson, where she admitted that Brian didn’t rape her, and also that she made up the whole story, but was afraid of helping him because she couldn’t afford to pay back the million dollar settlement she won in her civil suit following Brian’s conviction.  Using this evidence, Brian was able to clear his name once and for all, and he said cutting off the ankle bracelet was the first moment he felt free in almost a decade.

The Brian Banks story should be a warning to every one of us.  This innocent man’s life was totally destroyed through no fault of his own, and the only reason we even know that is because his accuser was so divorced from reality she though he would be willing to let bygones be bygones, like nothing happened.  What I hope we can all take away from this story is that rape is a terrible, terrible crime, which should never happen to any woman.  The feelings of violation and shame are hard for a man to comprehend, but when someone like Wanetta furiously dream up a rape allegation, it harms actual victims of sexual assault, and trivializes their pain.  I don’t know what can be done to ameliorate this problem, but I know we have to do something before another innocent person is railroaded by a system that neither cares for the truth or the plight of the falsely accused.

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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1219179-the-brian-banks-story-tells-us-something-about-american-society-today

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Источник: http://innocence-clinic.law.wfu.edu/2013/04/this-could-happen-to-you/

Author: Bill Clutter

The star of the movie Brian Banks is a lawyer, Justin Brooks, played by actor Greg Kinnear. Brooks, 54, co-founded and directs the California Innocence Project, based at Case Western Law School in San Diego. Since starting the project in 1999, Brooks and his project have exonerated 26 people who were wrongfully convicted, making his project one of the most successful in the country.

But, as in many cases, the unsung hero behind the scenes, often out-of-sight from the media limelight, is the private investigator whose work made the outcome of the case possible.


The story that didn’t make the big screen is how two best friends, Brian Banks and Freddie L. Parish IV, high school football teammates who dreamed of becoming NFL stars, reconnected after Banks returned home after serving six years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Freddie Parish, son of a private investigator, Freddie Parish III, became best friends with Banks after Freddie transferred to Long Beach Polytechnic High School at the end of his sophomore year. 

The same school Snoop Dogg and Cameron Diaz attended, known for having one of the best academic and sports programs in the country.

Rivals.com listed Brian Banks among “Juniors to Watch,” an elite class of high school players.

“Banks has great size and speed, you don’t find many linebackers with Brian’s 6-4 height and his 4.5 speed [running the 40-yard dash],” said the scouting report. He received letters from college coaches all over the country, from Illinois, Nebraska, USC, Cal, Oregon, Oklahoma, Utah and Ohio State, inviting him to play for their programs.

Freddie and Brian were both juniors when they played varsity football for the Jackrabbits, on the team that won the state championship. Freddie made a key defensive stop playing nickelback, forcing a fumble that helped seal their victory against Edison High School.

“We were like special team heroes,” said Freddie. Their ability to stop a run was fearless.

They were looking forward to playing their senior year together on a team that was ranked one of the best high school football teams in the country, having five of the top 100 players in the nation on the same team. But it all ended the summer between their junior and senior years.

On July 8, 2002, Brian Banks was arrested by the Long Beach Police Department on forcible rape charges. He had been accused by Wanetta Gibson, a sophomore going into her junior year, of forcing her into a school stairwell and sexually assaulting her.

The false allegation started with a note Gibson handed to a classmate, Sharell Washington.

“Sharell I went to the bathroom in the 700 building and Brian Banks was in there and he is so big he picked me up and put me in the elevator and he took me downstairs and he pulled my pants down and he raped me and he didn’t have a condom on and I was a virgin and now I’m not. Don’t tell anyone.”

The school principal heard about the allegation and alerted authorities. When Gibson was interviewed by a school nurse, she added that he anally raped her, after she was vaginally penetrated.

“He did it in the front, then in the back,” she said. She described a gooey substance that was “white and sticky” dripping from her “private parts.”

Brian and Freddie were walking past the practice fields on their way to take their senior pictures when Brian learned police were at his house looking for his brother. A short time later, Banks found out it was him police were looking for.

It was a Monday when Gibson said she was raped by Banks. They were attending summer school. According to Brian, he left class at 11:15 a.m. with a hall pass, telling his teacher he needed to excuse himself to call a film producer who was doing a documentary on the football team. In the hallway, he saw Wanetta coming out of the girl’s bathroom. She agreed to follow him into the elevator, downstairs to another floor and into the stairwell known by students as the “make-out” area. He said they began to kiss, and he admitted kissing her breasts as she caressed his penis. They planned to “mess around,” but he denied having intercourse.

After being interviewed by detectives, Banks was handcuffed, and taken to jail. He was expelled from high school. He missed his senior year of varsity football. Although he was still a juvenile, just 16 years old, Banks was charged as an adult. His dream of getting a scholarship to USC, to play for the Trojans and coach Pete Carroll, came to an end before it began. Instead of hearing sounds of joy, graduating with his high school class of 2003, he heard the clank of prison bars ringing in his ears.

Exactly one year later, on July 8, 2003, Brian Banks pled “no contest.” At his sentencing hearing, his attorney explained to the judge, “Mr. Banks is honest when he tells the court he did not want to run the risk of facing life in prison.” The year he spent at the Los Padrinos Juvenile Detention Center awaiting trial convinced him—he didn’t want to die in prison.

District Attorney Lesley Klein questioned the teenager about his decision to plead guilty.

“At your trial, you have the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses, the right to present a defense and to testify in your own defense, the right to use the subpoena power of the court . . . Do you understand all of the rights that I have just explained to you?”

“Yes, sir,” he replied, nervously calling her the wrong gender.

“Do you give up each of those rights?” Klein asked.

“Yes, ma’am,” he replied.

“Now, the maximum sentence that you could have received on this case is 41 years to life. Do you understand that?”

Banks politely replied, “Yes, ma’am.”

“But you want to plead in exchange for the sentence that I indicated on the record, is that correct?” she asked.

“Yes, ma’am.”

Klein went on, “You will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. Do you understand that?”

“Yes, ma’am.”

Judge Mark C. Kim accepted his plea of guilty and sentenced him to serve six years in the Department of Corrections. He faced a maximum eight-year sentence on the single count of forcible rape that he pled guilty to, in exchange for the dismissal of the other counts that carried aggravated penalties.

“It was Banks’s word against Gibson’s. Banks was faced with an impossible decision at the time—either fight the charges and risk spending the rest of his life in prison, or enter a plea of no contest,” said the petition that was later filed by the California Innocence Project. He “chose the lesser of two evils when he pleaded no contest.” He had never been in trouble with the law before this happened.

His dream of playing in the NFL was shackled by a criminal justice system that too often sends innocent people to prison.

“Yes, sir,” he replied, nervously calling her the wrong gender.

“Do you give up each of those rights?” Klein asked.

“Yes, ma’am,” he replied.

“Now, the maximum sentence that you could have received on this case is 41 years to life. Do you understand that?”

Banks politely replied, “Yes, ma’am.”

“But you want to plead in exchange for the sentence that I indicated on the record, is that correct?” she asked.

“Yes, ma’am.”

Klein went on, “You will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. Do you understand that?”

“Yes, ma’am.”

Judge Mark C. Kim accepted his plea of guilty and sentenced him to serve six years in the Department of Corrections. He faced a maximum eight-year sentence on the single count of forcible rape that he pled guilty to, in exchange for the dismissal of the other counts that carried aggravated penalties.

“It was Banks’s word against Gibson’s. Banks was faced with an impossible decision at the time—either fight the charges and risk spending the rest of his life in prison, or enter a plea of no contest,” said the petition that was later filed by the California Innocence Project. He “chose the lesser of two evils when he pleaded no contest.” He had never been in trouble with the law before this happened.

His dream of playing in the NFL was shackled by a criminal justice system that too often sends innocent people to prison.

While in prison, Banks discovered, through the civil lawyers in the lawsuit filed by Wanetta Gibson against the school district, that DNA testing of the rape kit and of the underwear that police collected as evidence had contradicted Gibson’s preliminary hearing testimony that landed Brian in prison. He was upset that his attorney didn’t use “CSI” to clear his name sooner. The results of the DNA test proved he didn’t rape Wanetta Gibson like she claimed. The report from the crime lab concluded not a single sperm could be found on the vaginal and anal swabs, and none on her underwear.

Brian wrote a letter to the California Innocence Project.

“They told me they couldn’t help me,” said Brian. They wrote back and said because the DNA report was available to his attorney at the time he pled guilty, it wasn’t considered new evidence. To overturn a conviction, one needed new evidence. The only way to reopen the case, they told him, was to get the victim to recant her testimony.

“I knew that wasn’t going to happen,” said Brian.

He tried filing a habeas petition on his own, pro se, to reverse his plea of guilty, alleging that his first attorney was ineffective, but the judge denied his claim of innocence.

Freddie and the team quarterback, Leon Jackson, were the only team members that kept in touch with Brian, sending him letters, and hope, while he was in prison. Freddie visited his friend in prison while others shunned him.

“Not too many others, to be honest with you,” said Freddie, kept in contact with Brian.

Brian was finally able to return home after completing his six-year sentence, but was still on parole. His father was homeless, according to the elder Freddie, and his mother had problems she was going through. Brian confided to his best friend that his home life was not good.

“I knew the shit he was going through at his house,” said Freddie. He declined to elaborate.

Brian was spending a lot of time with Freddie and his family. One night, Freddie went upstairs and left Brian at the kitchen table with his parents. When he came back down, he found his mother and father deep in conversation with Brian. They announced to their son that Brian would be moving in with them. Condemned in the eyes of the law and society as a sex offender, Freddie’s family opened up their hearts and home to Brian.

“I didn’t know Mr. Banks at all. He was just released from prison, and he didn’t have a place to stay, so my wife, Sylvia, and I invited him to stay at our house,” said the elder Parish. He didn’t have a car when he started living with them, so Sylvia loaned Brian hers. She believed in him. She would sometimes walk to work because she had given her car to Brian. For about a year, Brian Banks was a member of the Parish family.

The younger Freddie recalled the time he invited Brian to go to the park with him and his little kids. Brian said he couldn’t be around children. The elder Parish said they couldn’t have children come to their home on Halloween because Brian was a registered sex offender.

Months after he was released from prison, on February 28, 2011, Brian received a friend request on Facebook from his accuser, Wanetta Gibson. She sent him a message telling him she was sorry. “Let bygones be bygones.”

He didn’t intend to respond. Brian showed the message to his friend, Freddie.

“Naw, fuck her!” Freddie responded.

“I said, ‘I feel you, but now’s your opportunity,’” said Freddie. “I told him, this is chess, not checkers. Get her to tell the truth. I knew my Dad was a private investigator, and his office, like, any time you walked into his office, it’s being filmed and recorded. I told Brian, if only you could get her there.”

Brian sent Gibson a message asking if she would meet with his private investigator. She agreed.

Freddie Parish III got his start as a private investigator working for Huntington Beach private investigator John A. Demarr.

“I started off doing skip tracing,” said Freddie. “John DeMarr did a lot of high-celebrity surveillance.” It wasn’t long before his boss asked Parish to join his surveillance team.

One of his first assignments reads like a Hollywood comedy. Parish was part of a team conducting surveillance at a marina, and their target was aboard a luxury yacht that was docked. They forgot some equipment, so Parish walked back to the car to retrieve it. Walking back, distracted—Parish’s mind was focused on the case—he stepped into the night, one foot in front of the other.

“I walked right into the ocean,” said Parish. “I fell off the dock.”

Although embarrassed, it didn’t blow his cover, and within 15 minutes, Parish captured video images of their target.

“I was able to successfully resolve the case,” he said. “We still laugh about that today.”

After 36 months working for DeMarr, Parish obtained his PI license and started his own business, Vantage Point Investigations. He rented an office suite on Orange Boulevard in Signal Hill. His wife Sylvia helped run the business, working as an executive assistant. Not long after that, his son came to him for help. The private investigator took on the case of Brian Banks pro bono.

“I charged him nothing,” said Parish.

Wanetta Gibson came to the private investigator’s office and admitted she fabricated her story.

“No, he didn’t rape me,” said Gibson. They planned to have consensual sex in the stairwell, she said, but she had her period. She later saw Banks with two of his sophomore friends laughing as she walked by. She thought they were making a joke about the smell of her menstrual cycle.

“She assumed they were laughing at her because of the odor,” said Parish.

After Wanetta Gibson left his office, Freddie Parish thought he had the evidence to “blow the doors off” the case, but got a sick feeling in the pit of his stomach when he checked the video monitor and discovered an investigator’s worst nightmare.

“We had total electronic failure,” said Parish. “Everything failed. The equipment was junk!”

Parish ordered new cameras, the best equipment he could find, an out-of-pocket expense of $5,800. He paid extra for overnight shipping. He instructed Banks to invite Gibson back to his office.

This time, Parish arrived at 6 a.m. and set up a total of eight surveillance cameras throughout the room where the meeting would be held. If one failed, there would be plenty of back-up. Gibson was scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. He tested and retested the equipment. Everything was working perfectly.

“We started to get nervous when she didn’t show up,” said Parish.

She finally arrived at 11:15 a.m. His wife Sylvia was working at the reception desk when Gibson walked in. Sylvia led her into the room where Brian Banks was seated. Banks was still on probation and was restricted by a court order to remain more than 100 feet away from the Gibson, but she agreed on her own to meet face-to-face with Banks. Parish watched from a monitor in his office, then decided to introduce himself and took control of the interview.

Parish started off the interview with some light-hearted questions. After he got Gibson laughing, he asked about the first time she had sex and lost her virginity. It was not Brian Banks, she said, and the date she lost her virginity happened well after Brian Banks was in prison. Parish asked when was the first time she had anal sex? She answered, “Never.”

That admission blew the doors off the case.

Wanetta Gibson had the dilemma of living with a lie that sent an innocent man to prison. She explained to Parish how she tried to undo the lie she told police and to prosecutors. She had reservations about getting in front of a jury and lying again under oath. She wanted to take it back, before Banks went to prison. But her mother, who filed a lawsuit against the Long Beach Unified School District, alleging there was inadequate security at the school, convinced Wanetta to stick with her story. Citing the transcript of Parish’s interview, the petition later filed by the California Innocence Project stated, “When she voiced her concern, her civil attorney said, ‘Don’t say nothing.’”

It wasn’t until much later that the truth finally spilled out.

The school district, like Banks, mitigated the severity of a civil jury verdict, and agreed to pay a $1.5 million structured settlement in reaching a plea agreement. The school district paid half the money up-front, with the other half promised at some date in the future.

According to Parish, the attorneys took 60 percent as their fee, while Gibson’s mother split the remaining 40 percent with her daughter.

“All that money they gave us, I mean gave me, I don’t want to have to pay it back,” she told Parish.

Justin Brooks of the California Innocence Project acknowledges that without the videotape, they had no evidence to work with. And the fact that Banks pled guilty was another obstacle.

“We would rarely look a plea bargain case to start with, so we rejected it. In fact, we rejected it twice,” said Brooks. But after seeing the video of Wanetta Gibson admitting she fabricated the rape allegation, Brooks felt there was enough evidence to finally accept the case.

The California Innocence Project, like other projects around the country, depends so much on fact investigation, explained Justin Brooks.

“Ninety-eight percent of what we do is investigation, and only two percent involves litigation,” he said.

The California Innocence Project filed a motion to clear Brian’s name. Long Beach Superior Court Judge Mark C. Kim ordered the State of California to vacate the conviction of 26-year-old Brian Banks. He was officially exonerated.

“I’m here today and I remain unbroken,” Banks declared after the hearing. “No matter what you’re going through, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

Later that night, Freddie Parish IV and his best friend, Brian Banks, sat on the back patio of his parents’ home, on a hillside overlooking the city lights of Long Beach, a spectacular view of the harbor, and the twinkling of stars above the Pacific Ocean. They reflected on what had happened. Brian broke down crying, and this time, it was “tears of joy,” said Freddie.

As time passed, the two friends lost touch with each other.

“People grow apart,” said Freddie. “I still love him like a brother.” Brian developed new, celebrity friends, said Freddie’s father.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll invited Brian to attend a preseason minicamp, but he didn’t make the team. On April 3, 2012, the Atlanta Falcons offered him a contract to play in the National Football League. He made his first appearance in a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals and made two tackles. 

After the game ended, Banks told reporters, “It was definitely the best day of my life.”

But the years he spent in prison not playing football were a detriment to his dream. Brian was cut from the team.

Three years later, on June 17, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown authorized a payment of $142,200 from the court of claims to compensate Banks for the nearly six years he spent behind bars.

After Parish’s video came to light, the Long Beach Unified School District filed a lawsuit against Wanetta Gibson on April 12, 2013, to recover the $750,000 it had paid out on the $1.5 million structured settlement. The school district refused to pay the remaining balance of $750,000. It was reported that Gibson went into hiding and dodged efforts to serve her with papers.

When the story broke, Freddie Parish was given credit for his work that helped exonerate his son’s best friend. The NBC affiliate in Los Angeles led with the headline, “How a Private Investigator Elicited the Confession That Helped Exonerate Brian Banks.” The New York Daily News the next day had the headline, “Brian Banks Investigator had One Shot at Accuser’s Confession.”

The media doesn’t always get the story right. In fact, Freddie had two bites at the apple.

Brian wrote a book about his story called What Set Me Free, which became the basis for the movie Brian Banks.

The private investigator was flooded with phone calls and had more work than he could handle. He picked up a new corporate client that paid him $10,000 a week to conduct surveillance on a CEO who was suspected of impropriety. He followed the CEO into a spa, a place where men have sex with men, anonymously. Parish concealed a small camera, attaching it below his scrotum, and hid it with a towel. He captured the CEO harnessed in a sex swing, with men lining up to have unprotected anal sex. As Parish crept up in the darkened room, several men groped him.

“I was afraid they would touch the camera,” said Parish. The CEO was fired by the board. After the man’s wife saw the video, she filed for divorce. The newspaper reported she received a settlement of several hundred million dollars. It was far less than Parish had made, but on that one case, Parish made more money than most PIs dream of.

One would think this story ended well for Parish. I expected to hear how Brian Banks was eternally grateful for the many uncompensated hours Parish put into his case, and the money he spent out-of-pocket. But as Banks walked out of courthouse, finally exonerated, he told his PI to “Fuck off! You’re just using me.” Parish and his wife were heartbroken.

Justin Brooks, director of the California Innocence Project, explained why Banks may have felt that way.

“The problem with the new evidence is the way it was obtained,” said Brooks. “California has very strict rules on non-consensual recordings.” Since California law requires two-party consent to record conversations, Brooks was concerned that the judge would throw out the evidence as being illegally obtained.

“The investigator had signs posted in his office that they were being monitored, but she never was told that she was being recorded,” said Brooks. “So, I was worried that the judge wasn’t going to let it in. And, as I predicted, she recanted her recantation once she found out she would have to pay the school back.”

Francie Koehler, past President of the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), explains the obligation of a private investigator is to comply with the laws that govern attorneys, as well as private investigators.

“That’s the value of joining an association of private investigators, like CALI, because you have training,” said Koehler. The fact that he had signs posted in his office disclosing that invitees to the business were being monitored “saved him” from any repercussions, said Koehler. According to Koehler, only when there is an expectation of privacy that two-party consent is required in California.

“There is no expectation of privacy in a public place, like a restaurant or hotel lobby,” said Koehler. No criminal charges were filed against Parish, and no adverse action was taken against his license.

As a rule of thumb, investigators should be consulting with attorneys before embarking on investigations, especially one this sensitive. The right move would have been for Parish to offer his services pro bono to the California Innocence Project and work as a part of the legal team, taking his cues from a lawyer.

“So, you have to remember, the Innocence Project that took over his case turned him down. They wouldn’t even touch his case,” said Parish. “They wouldn’t talk to him. They said if you get something really outstanding, that would blow the doors off, maybe then we can do something. Then I get the tape, and suddenly, everybody wants to talk to him.”

The case was resolved without an evidentiary hearing, so there was no court challenge to the methods the PI used to obtain Wanetta Gibson’s recantation. Brooks used his charm, something his colleagues have seen before, to persuade the prosecutor to meet with Brian Banks, to get his side of the story.

“That’s the beauty of representing a client who is already out of prison,” said Brooks.

And when the prosecutor and Brooks met together with the alleged “victim,” her story fell apart.

“She said she never contacted him on Facebook,” Brooks recalled. He asked Gibson how did she know where to go for the meeting if that wasn’t her communicating with Banks on Facebook?

She didn’t have a good answer to that question. The prosecutor agreed to join the motion to vacate the conviction, and Banks had his name cleared.

A few years later, in 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court declared the state’s eavesdropping statute unconstitutional. That case involved a private citizen, Annabel Melongo, who spent 20 months locked up in the Cook County jail for recording phone conversations without the consent of the other party, which she hoped to use in court.

The Chicago Tribune reported, “She was charged under the law—one of the strictest in the country—that makes audio recording comments made by any person, even in public, illegal unless their consent was obtained first.”

The justices pointed out that, in an age of widespread cell phone use, innocent citizens were in violation of the law every day when they record conversations, and cited possible abuse by prosecutors by charging citizens who record the misconduct of police officers.

It’s hard to fault Freddie Parish. When he asked if she would sign a declaration attesting to what she had told him, Gibson refused.

“She said she did not want to sign anything,” said Sylvia Parish, in an affidavit that was filed in support of Bank’s motion to vacate his conviction.

What if Wanetta Gibson was told up-front that the interview was being video and audio recorded? What if she refused to cooperate? If that had happened, there would be no happy ending, no movie, and Brian Banks would still have the stigma of being a convicted sex offender.

“The most important thing about the movie for people to realize is that 96 percent of cases end in pleas,” said Brooks. “And if the investigation isn’t done, then witnesses are never questioned, that’s the end. So, in most cases, they end in a plea bargain, and no one will ever know the real truth of what happened.”

Freddie Parish was disappointed in Brian Banks, both the movie and the person. There was no one cast in the movie to play the role of Freddie Parish, either son or father, who teamed up to clear his name. He and his wife closed the doors to Vantage Point Investigations. While his PI license remains active, in August of 2018, he was offered a position as Branch Manager of Paramount Residential Mortgage Company in San Pedro, California.

 “My family took him in and gave him a home when no one else would,” said Parish.

The movie Brian Banks, with actor Aldis Hodge playing the title role, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in September 2018. Parish and his wife and son didn’t attend the premiere. The film was released on August 9, 2019, in theaters. The movie had a short run in Louisville, where I live, and it was gone before I could see it.

Freddie Parish said the movie hasn’t become a blockbuster hit, like The Blind Side, the sports drama about an African American teenager, Michael Oher, who like Brian Banks was taken in by a kind-hearted family after his father was murdered in prison, and his mother, addicted to drugs, was unable to care for her son. The Blind Side was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Sandra Bullock’s portrayal of Leigh Ann Tuohy, the woman who invited Michael Oher into her home to live as a member of her family, won Bullock an Academy Award for Best Actress. The offensive tackle became a USA Today High School All-American, was recruited to play college football for the Ole Miss Rebels, and was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens, helping them win the 2012 Superbowl. It’s the humanity of the human heart that made the story of The Blind Side so endearing to critics and moviegoers.

Brian Banks begins his autobiography by saying, “I have chosen in writing my book to name only the heroes.” The name Freddie Parish never appears in the book. The man who made it possible to clear Brian’s name is generically referred to as “the private investigator.”

Despite what happened, Parish remains committed to donating his professional time to those in prison who are innocent.

“I try to take one [pro bono] case a year. I get joy out of helping people,” said Parish. He helped to free another innocent man from prison, who spent over a dozen years, deprived of freedom. He never charged the man a dime.

“I’m batting a thousand,” said Parish.

Freeing the innocent is rarely accomplished by a star player alone. From the investigators, who doggedly pursue new evidence, to the attorneys and law students who draft the pleadings, to the lead counsel who interacts with the prosecutor and judge, the outcome of a case is a team effort. They are all heroes.

“Republished with permission of PI Magazine.”

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Brian Banks' bid has impact beyond the NFL


Jim Corbett    USA TODAY Sports

FLOWERY, Ga. — There is no preseason story like the comeback of Brian Banks, the Atlanta Falcons' 28-year-old rookie linebacker who lost 10 years of his football prime to a wrongful rape conviction.

Because of his remarkable saga, he's mulling over 100 book and film offers. But he also sorts through a stack of mail from many who say they, too, were wrongly found guilty.

"I get letters from many guys who are still incarcerated who say I've been an inspiration," Banks told USA TODAY Sports. "One from Edward Contreras, who is incarcerated in Southern California. I know the California Innocence Project is working on his exoneration now.

"He said I'm definitely giving him hope that he might be able to come home from prison one day, too."

Banks, who has made two preseason tackles for the Falcons, also has recorded a couple of assists in the exoneration column.

"Brian literally helped with two," said Justin Brooks, director of the California Innocence Project. "Brian spoke out about Danny Larsen's case. (Larsen) was wrongfully convicted of possession of a dagger in a Los Angeles parking lot. Brian spoke at a march to the attorney general's office, and Danny was exonerated last May. Brian did the same with Jason Purasal, an American locked up in Nicaragua — one of these cases more about politics than law. Brian helped bring a lot of media attention."

Brooks noted how Banks and his mother, Leomia Myers, took part in a 712-mile march from San Diego to Sacramento in May to protest the incarceration of Contreras, whose case parallels Banks'.

At 17, Banks began serving a five-year prison sentence in 2002 for a crime he didn't commit. Then the former Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High prep star spent nearly another five years on probation. But Banks was exonerated after he and a private investigator secretly taped his accuser, former classmate Wanetta Gibson, recanting her accusation.

Gibson had reached out to Banks via Facebook and accepted an offer from Banks to meet. Banks took the tape to the California Innocence Project, and his conviction was overturned by a California Superior Court judge on May 24, 2012.

Banks tried out for multiple NFL teams soon after but didn't land a contract. But this offseason, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff wanted to add depth at linebacker.

"It's an amazing story no matter what the final act," Dimitroff said. "We thought he would be a good guy to come in here and compete."

Banks wears No. 53 as he fights to make the 53-man roster.

Running back Steven Jackson sidled up to Banks before Atlanta's preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and whispered in his ear: "Just enjoy the moment." Banks is.

"Regardless of what you go through, it's up to you for what you do from there," Banks said. "I chose to move forward. I definitely want to give positive, motivational inspiration. In return, I get it from others."

He is fighting an uphill battle. Banks' hopes of a roster spot might come down to the Falcons' Aug. 29 preseason finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"If he doesn't make it, Brian knows he gave it every chance," said ex-NFL coach Jim Fassel, who coached Banks for two games in 2012 with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the now-defunct United Football League. "The guy will be successful in anything because of his amazing attitude."

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Wanetta Gibson, the woman who falsely accused her then-high school classmate Brian Banks of rape, derailing his promising football career and sending him to prison, has been ordered to pay back the money she received when she sued the school where she claimed the rape took place.

A judge ordered Gibson to pay the Long Beach Unified School District $2.6 million, which includes the $750,000 settlement she received from the district as well as interest, legal fees and $1 million in punitive damages.

“The court recognizes that our school district was a victim in this case,” school Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “This judgment demonstrates that when people attempt to defraud our school system, they will feel the full force of the law.”

The judgment may turn out to be largely symbolic: Gibson didn’t show up in court and apparently has long since blown through the $750,000. Court records in other cases Gibson has been involved in indicate that she and her children have received public assistance.

After Banks was released from prison, Gibson contacted him, and he secretly recorded a conversation in which she acknowledged that her rape claim was false. Among the statements Gibson made on tape were, “I will go through with helping you, but all that money they gave us, I mean, gave me, I don’t want to have to pay it back.”

Banks is now hoping to jump-start his football career as a 27-year-old rookie for the Falcons.

Источник: https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/16/brian-banks-accuser-ordered-to-pay-back-lawsuit-settlement/

Everything You Need to Know About Newly Signed Falcons LB Brian Banks

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Photo Courtesy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It's a story that's almost too surreal to be believed, but for the newest member of the Atlanta Falcons, it was all too real.

For linebacker Brian Banks, the past decade has been a nightmare. He went from a highly recruited high school junior in Long Beach, California to accused of rape by a woman he's known since middle school.

That accusation produced charges of rape and kidnapping. Those charges produced a plea that Banks agreed to after his defense attorney told him he faced 40 years in prison if convicted at trial.

Just like that, Banks was a convicted felon. His freedom was gone. His dreams of playing in the NFL were replaced by a life behind bars.

As Jeff Schultz of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, Banks served 62 months in prison and then another five years on parole as a registered sex offender before receiving the most bizarre Facebook friend request in history.

That friend request was from his accuser, Wanetta Gibson, who wanted to "hang out."

I told you the story was surreal.

On hidden camera, Banks was able to get Gibson to admit that she had concocted the entire story. There had been no rape. No kidnapping. It was all a lie told for reasons that only Gibson knows.

In July of 2012, Banks was officially exonerated. At that point, he began working out in earnest in the hopes of resurrecting his football career. However, as Banks told Schultz, at this point any victories on the playing field take a backseat to his biggest one off it:

“I’ve already won,” he said. “I got my freedom back. To be stripped of your freedom, to be stripped of your dignity and the respect you once had, to lose it all and then see life pass you by while you’re sitting inside a prison cell, to wake up one day and get it all back, it’s a very humbling feeling.”

Banks worked out for the Atlanta Falcons just before the 2012 season and the Seattle Seahawks as well as some other teams had him in for a tryout, but there were no takers. Banks then signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League, but got to play in only two games before the league folded.

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Now Banks is getting another shot with the Falcons, who signed him to a contract on Wednesday (per D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Admittedly, he's the longest of long shots to make the 53-man roster. Banks was a 16-year-old boy when his life was destroyed by Gibson's unfathomable act. He'll be 28 in July. The odds of him coming back after that much time away from the game are staggering.

Of course, there isn't much about Brian Banks' story that isn't staggering.

With that said, Banks was a talented young linebacker in high school, a player with 4.56 speed who had generated strong interest from both the University of Southern California and Michigan, according to Rivals.com.

The talent was there once. Unfortunately, that was a long time ago and there's no telling if Banks can recapture it.

However, even taking into consideration the public relations aspect of signing Banks (and let's be frank, there is one), the Falcons wouldn't have signed Banks to a contract if he hadn't shown some ability.

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Will it be enough to get Banks on the team? Probably not, although just making the practice squad would be nothing short of a colossal achievement.

However, that's not the real story of Brian Banks. What happens over the next few months in Atlanta won't define Banks any more than he wanted the last decade to, according to Schultz:

In prison, Banks became a voracious reader. He even read the dictionary and a thesaurus. The idea was to prepare himself for life outside of a cell and public speaking. “I studied and grew as a man so that the situation of being wrongly accused wouldn’t define me,” he said.

Brian Banks is man whose life was ripped from him, who saw his dreams of a college education and playing in the NFL replaced by a prison sentence and the stigma of life as a convicted rapist.

He knew he was innocent and yet didn't let these cruel circumstances destroy him. He persevered. He survived.

We should all be rooting for Brian Banks to make it in the NFL, but at the end of the day, he's much more than just a football player.

He's a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

And that's all you really need to know about him.

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Источник: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1593182-everything-you-need-to-know-about-newly-signed-falcons-lb-brian-banks

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The day after charges were dropped in Banks’ case in 2012, he was given a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks as a linebacker. He also had tryouts with the 49ers, Chiefs, Vikings, Chargers, Eagles and a good preseason run with the Falcons, yet, nobody signed him. But the league wasn’t done with him.

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Banks, 29, began working for the NFL in the football operations department at the beginning of the 2014 season. On game days, he helps out in the officiating department with replays, reports the New York Daily News.

NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, Troy Wanetta gibson facebook, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell say that Banks has a “riveting message that might make an impact on some of the players in the NFL.”

“Very few people could even endure what happened to Wanetta gibson facebook, much less emerge with such resilience and determination,” Vincent said to the Daily News. “I saw a young man who was dealt a bad hand, but he refused to allow it to deter him from pursuing his dream to be part of the NFL.”

The outlet reports that Bryant does volunteer work for the California Innocence Project; a movie is being made about his life; and that he makes a living as a speaker at schools throughout the nation.

His California license plate? XONR8.

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The woman whose false rape accusation sent a high school football star to prison has been wanetta gibson facebook to pay a $2.6 million judgement in connection to the case, NBC 4 Los Angeles reports.

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Wanetta Gibson (pictured) was ordered by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday to pay a $1.5 million, plus an additional $1.1 million in fees. Gibson was an acquaintance of Brian Banks at Long Beach Polytechnic High School when she accused him of raping her in a school stairwell. Gibson then sued the Long Beach Unified School District, claiming the school was not safe; she won a $750,000 settlement.

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Gibson’s false accusation sent Banks to prison for five years, stripping him of his football scholarship to the University of Southern California. After Banks was released from prison, Gibson sent him a Facebook message saying “Let’s let bygones be bygones.” Thinking the message was odd, Banks worked with a private investigator to set up a meeting with Gibson. It was during their meeting where she admitted, on hidden camera, that she lied about the rape.

With the help of California’s Innocence Project, a judge overturned Banks’ conviction on May 24, 2012.

Since then, Banks had been on a mission to play in the NFL. He tried out for a number of teams but did not make the cut. However, NFL coaches told him to keep trying. He eventually spent some time with the Las Vegas Locos of the United Football League, until the Atlanta Falcons signed him this spring.

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Brian Banks (American football)

Brian Banks (born July 24, 1985) is a former American football player. He is best known for having a woman say that he raped her but she had was not really raped. He was in prison for wanetta gibson facebook years. He had consensual sex with the person who lied about being raped, Wanetta Gibson, and she later told Brian on Facebook that she lied about being raped because she didn't want her mother to know they had sex.

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He attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School and played football there, but he was expelled after Gibson lied about being raped.

He signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League on September 20, 2012. He made one tackle, and played 2 games, before the UFL suspended their season.

On April 3, 2013, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons, and he was in their offseason workouts, OTA's and their training camp. His first game was a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals where he made 2 tackles. was released on August 30, 2013.

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Everything You Need to Know About Newly Signed Falcons LB Brian Banks

Photo Courtesy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Photo Courtesy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It's a story that's almost too surreal to be believed, but for the newest member of the Atlanta Falcons, it was all too real.

For linebacker Brian Banks, the past decade has been a nightmare. He went from a highly recruited high school junior in Long Beach, California to accused of rape by a woman he's known since middle school.

That accusation produced charges of rape and kidnapping. Those charges produced a plea that Banks agreed to after his defense attorney told him he faced 40 years in prison if convicted at trial.

Just like that, Banks was a convicted felon. His freedom was gone. His dreams of playing in the NFL were replaced by a life behind bars.

As Jeff Schultz of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, Banks served 62 months in prison and then another five years on parole as a registered sex offender before receiving the most bizarre Facebook friend request in history.

That friend request was from his accuser, Wanetta Gibson, who wanted to "hang out."

I told wanetta gibson facebook the story was surreal.

On hidden camera, Banks was able to get Gibson to admit that she had concocted the entire story. There had been no rape. No kidnapping. It was all a lie told for reasons that only Gibson knows.

In July of 2012, Banks was officially exonerated. At that point, he began working out in earnest in the hopes of resurrecting his football career. However, as Banks told Schultz, at this point any victories on the playing field take a backseat to his biggest one off it:

“I’ve already won,” he said. “I got my freedom back. To be stripped of your freedom, to be stripped of your dignity and the respect you once had, wanetta gibson facebook lose it all and then see life pass you by while you’re sitting inside a prison cell, to wake up one day and get it all back, it’s a very humbling feeling.”

Banks worked out for the Atlanta Falcons just before the 2012 season and the Seattle Seahawks as well as some other teams had him in for a tryout, but there were no takers. Banks then signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League, but got to play in only two games before the league folded.

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Now Banks is getting another comed pay bill online with the Falcons, who signed him to a contract on Wednesday (per D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Pinnacle plus financial reviews Journal-Constitution).

Admittedly, he's the longest of long shots to make the 53-man roster. Banks was a 16-year-old boy when his life was destroyed by Gibson's unfathomable act. He'll be 28 in July. The odds of him coming back after that much time away from the game are staggering.

Of course, there isn't much about Brian Banks' story that isn't staggering.

With that said, Banks was a talented young linebacker in high school, a player with 4.56 speed who had generated strong interest from both the University of Southern California and Michigan, according to Rivals.com.

The talent was there once. Unfortunately, that was a wanetta gibson facebook time ago and there's no telling if Banks can recapture it.

However, even taking into consideration the public relations aspect of signing Banks (and let's be frank, there is one), the Falcons wouldn't have signed Banks to a contract if he hadn't shown some ability.

Link to Media

Will it be enough to get Banks on the team? Probably not, although just making the practice squad would be nothing short of a colossal achievement.

However, that's not the real story of Brian Banks. What happens over the next few months in Atlanta won't define Banks any more than he wanted the last decade to, according to Schultz:

In prison, Banks became a voracious reader. He even read the dictionary and a thesaurus. The idea was to prepare himself for life outside of a cell and public speaking. “I studied and grew as a man so that the situation of being wrongly accused wouldn’t define me,” he said.

Brian Banks is man whose life was ripped from him, who saw his dreams of a college education and playing in the NFL replaced by a wanetta gibson facebook sentence and the stigma of life as a convicted rapist.

He knew he was innocent and yet didn't let these cruel circumstances destroy him. He persevered. He survived.

We should all be rooting for Brian Banks to make it in the NFL, but at the end of the day, he's much more than just a football player.

He's a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

And that's all you really need to know about him.

Follow @IDPManor

Источник: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1593182-everything-you-need-to-know-about-newly-signed-falcons-lb-brian-banks

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Wanetta Gibson, the woman who falsely accused her then-high school classmate Brian Banks of rape, derailing his promising football career and sending him to prison, has been ordered to pay back the money she received when she sued the school where she claimed the rape took place.

A judge ordered Gibson to pay the Long Beach Unified School District $2.6 million, which includes the $750,000 settlement she received from the district as well as interest, legal fees and $1 million in punitive damages.

“The court recognizes that our school district was a victim in this case,” school Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “This judgment demonstrates that when people attempt to defraud our school system, they will feel the full force of the law.”

The judgment may turn out to be largely symbolic: Gibson didn’t show up in court and apparently has long since blown through the $750,000. Court records in other cases Gibson has been involved in indicate that she and her children have received public assistance.

After Banks was released from prison, Gibson contacted him, and he secretly recorded a conversation in which she acknowledged that her rape claim was false. Among the statements Gibson made on tape were, “I will go through with helping you, but all that money they gave us, I mean, gave me, I don’t want to have to pay it back.”

Banks is now hoping to jump-start his football career as a 27-year-old rookie for the Falcons.

Источник: https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/16/brian-banks-accuser-ordered-to-pay-back-lawsuit-settlement/

Brian Banks' bid has impact beyond the NFL


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Private Eye Clears Football Star Of Rape

By now, wanetta gibson facebook people have heard about the former Southern California high school football star wrongly convicted of rape. For the first time, the person responsible for getting this pigskin prodigy a second chance is telling his side of the story.

It all began with Brian Banks, once a star football player at Long Beach Wanetta gibson facebook High, receiving a Facebook friend request after leaving jail from his accuser Wanetta Gibson, who explained to Banks she wanted to "let bygones be bygones."

Unsure what to do, Banks called his former high school teammate Freddie Parish IV, asking advice. Parish told him to call his father, who was working as a private investigator, for help.

In turn, Banks, who served five years, placed a phone call to private investigator Freddie Parish III, who cooked up a plan to clear Banks' name some 10 years after facing the horrific charges.

"There was no doubt in my mind that this young man was innocent" Parish told NBC Los Angeles in his first interview about his role in the Banks case.

The next step was to secretly wire Parish's office with all the latest recording gadgets. Unlike those terrific TV shows about PI's, this was real life, and those microphones and cameras had to record everything.

"There's only one chance to get the goods," Parish said. "I mean, you gotta make it right the first time."

Parish had Banks invite his bogus rape accuser to the office for a discussion about their past, which she accepted. Soon Gibson told Banks what really went down all those years ago.

"It just wasn't true at all," she said, before Banks asked her for help clearing his name.

Gibson, despite being concerned about losing her $1.5 million settlement with the Long Beach School District, agreed in the secret office recording to help.

Although this admission was huge, Parish had to have Banks get Gibson back in his office the next day to meet with him about the case.

"I needed to get her basically to recant everything she said Brian did ten years ago," Parish explained to NBC-LA's Joel Glover. "If I let this man down, I would have to live with that the rest of my life."

The accuser indeed showed up the next day and confirmed again that in 2002 she wasn't raped or kidnapped by Banks, and that she had made the whole sick story up. These secretly recorded videos helped lead to Banks' rape conviction being overturned in May.

As for that $1.5 million Gibson received for her fraudulent story, NBC LA reports the district attorney's office and school district wouldn't comment on plans to recover what's left, if anything, of that financial 360 money market capital one rate Follow Ben Maller on Twitter @BenMaller.

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