Swain celebrates her freedom at U of M Law School

Swain celebrates her freedom at U of M Law School.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A Calhoun County woman is celebrating on Saturday after being cleared of charges of molesting her adopted son.

Lorinda Swain maintained her innocence for 15 years and Newschannel 3's Logan Crawford was in Ann Arbor, where she celebrated with the people who helped exonerate her.

A few short years ago Lorinda Swain was sitting in a prison cell and now she's being greeted like a celebrity at a party in her honor at the U of M Law School.

Lorinda Swain said, "It’s a very happy day. It's a day I never thought was going to come."

Swain's adopted son said she molested him daily for over 3 years. She was convicted in 2002 and sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison, but she was freed in 2009 after her adopted son recanted his story.

Swain said, "Time out in the real world goes so much faster than time in prison. There's no comparison. One day out here seems like a mega second, and one day in there seems like 60 years."

David Moran, President of the Michigan Innocence Clinic at U of M Law School, said, "the criminal justice system is not perfect. We have a very good justice system in the United States, but it's a system run by people and sometimes people make mistakes."

Moran said the Michigan Innocence Clinic picked up Swain's case in 2009.

He said, "We had 17 students work on this case and many of them are coming back. They're alums now of the law school, are coming back from around the country to celebrate with Lorinda."

In May of 2015, the Michigan Supreme Court granted Swain a new trial, but the Calhoun County Prosecutor dropped charges against Swain.

Ending her 15 year nightmare.

Swain said, "They can't give me justice. They can't give me my 15 years back. They can't make my face not look old. They can't make my parents' heart and sadness go away and the money they spent."

Now a free woman, Swain said she plans to get back into the workforce.

She said, "The fear is gone."

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