Last month the Manhattan Supreme Court dismissed rape charges
In 1984, O'Neal was convicted of raping a woman at knifepoint on the roof of the Frederick Douglass Houses, though several family members said he was at home watching TV. He was released in 1998, and a recent reinvestigation determined that the late Gregory Smith confessed to the crime, as well as two other rapes. "I needed this for my mother," O’Neal said on Thursday. "I didn’t want her to be deceased and to think her son was a rapist. She had to wear the same stigma I wore." He said he plans to sue "the people responsible."
The sad reality is the fact that there is no monetary amount that can be put on freedom, and once a good name has been tarnished it is virtually impossible to restore its former shine. Hopefully Johnny O'neal gets justice, peace, and compensation for 14 years years of lost wages multiplied for his pain.