AP Exclusive: Iowa drops inmate sanctions in 'unusual' case
Posted July 11
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Prison officials have dropped all sanctions imposed on an Iowa inmate for his role in an alleged 2009 gang rape that he says never happened.
The decision by the Iowa Department of Corrections is a victory for Joe Byrd, who denied involvement in the alleged attack through 7 ½ years of hearings and appeals.
The department will expunge the discipline from Byrd's record as if it never happened. The decision will restore one year of earned time that Byrd had lost and remove the classification of Byrd as a sex offender.
Byrd's attorney Philip Mears, who has represented inmates for 35 years, said the compromise ends perhaps "the most incredibly remarkable and unusual" prison disciplinary case he's seen.
Even one prison judge has called it an apparent miscarriage of justice.