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Inmates from another era, stuck behind bars after state law change, to be freed by Orleans DA

Louis Mitchell last made news as a “19-year-old Negro youth” when he was booked by New Orleans police in the rapes of multiple White women in the summer of 1966.

Police credited fingerprint evidence, The Times-Picayune reported. Six months later, Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated rape to avoid the death penalty, a fate the U.S. Supreme Court later outlawed for rape. He was sentenced to two life prison terms, running together.

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