Over the course of a decade, Antonino "Nino" Lyons appeared before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida at least four times. In 2001, a jury convicted Lyons of crimes carrying a mandatory minimum sentence oflife in federal prison. In 2003, the Honorable Gregory Presnell ordered Lyons to be released on bail, only to be reversed by the Eleventh Circuit. A year later, in 2004, Judge Presnell again ordered Lyons' release, and this time, there was no appeal. Finally, in 2010, Judge Presnell took the extraordinary step of granting Lyons' petition for a certification of actual innocence. This certification cleared the path for Lyons' successful suit against the United States Government for wrongful conviction.
Wardle, Samuel W.
"Extreme Circumstances Call for Extreme Measures: How United States v. Lyons' Radical Remedies Corrected a Grave Injustice,"
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