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Savory suffers legal defeat in federal court

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    A lawsuit, filed by a man who served 30 years in prison for two murders, then was exonerated and pardoned, is thrown out by a federal judge. 
    During his 30 year prison term Johnnie Lee Savory fought for DNA testing on additional evidence.  
    But it wasn't until a decade after his release in 2006 that he would finally get it done. 
    Savory's lawsuit claimed his constitutional rights were violated when he was arrest and convicted twice for the 1977 murders of Connie Cooper and her brother James Robinson inside their Peoria home.
    The Journal Star reports that while the judge appeared to be sympathetic toward Savory, his claims were barred by statute of limitations, causing the lawsuit to be thrown out.

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