An Innocent offender

2020-07-26 17:34:05 Written by Nimra khan

2002, Summer


 A 16-year-old boy was arrested on charges of assaulting his classmate Wanetta Gibson, dragging her down the stairs and raping her. The boy's name was Brian Banks.

 He got expelled from Long Beach Polytechnic High School right after his custody taken place at Juvenile Hall.

His school Principal removed his name from the school, saying "whatever decision is made in the Brian Banks case, he will not be re-admitted to the school."

Wanetta Gibson's mother filed a lawsuit against the school administration, alleging that the campus environment was bad and unsafe. Wanetta Gibson's mother won the lawsuit and was paid 1.5 million settlement.


 Brian Banks could face up to 41 years in prison, as all the evidence was against him, so he asked for mercy instead of fighting the case. Brain Banks was sentenced to five years in prison and five years on parole. He was also listed as a sex offender for life. Brian Banks was a rising football star who was about to join the NFL when the incident happened. Brian's dream of playing football and going to college was shattered. He was sad that his dream was shattered but he was forced to.

Decision Overturn

 In March 2011, Gibson contacted Brian on Facebook and told him she wanted to meet him.

 Brian thought it might be a ploy, so he met with him in the presence of a private detective. During the meeting, Gibson stated that she had made false accusations against Brian. Brian recorded his confession in a secret tape recorder and later gave it to the California Innocence Project. The California Innocence Project presented evidence of Brian's innocence to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, which launched an investigation into the matter. Since the recording was made without Gibson's ignorance, this evidence was not sufficient to prove Brian's innocence. But the matter had become suspicious, so the case was re-investigated.

  After a thorough review of the evidence, the district attorney's office acknowledged that Banks had been wrongly convicted.

 On Thursday, May 24, 2012, Los Angeles High Court Judge Mark C. Kim overturned Banks' sentence.

 After the hearing, Justin Brooks, director of the CIP (California Innocence Project), spoke to the press and asked the NFL to give Brian Banks another chance to play football. "Once Brian's innocence was proven, it was important for me to work for a better life and bring him back to his dreams to some extent," Brooks said.

New Life

  Shortly afterward, Banks received a call from six NFL teams.

 On September 20, 2012, Brian Banks signed with the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives.

 On April 3, 2013, the Atlanta Falcons signed a contract with Brian Banks and Brian began attending Falcons training camp. Brian made his National Football League debut against the Cincinnati Bengals.

  After the 2013 season, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hired Brian Banks to run the NFL's operations department. Banks worked at the NFL's newly created replay center and also contributed to the league's social media. Banks worked for the NFL in New York for a few years before moving to Los Angeles.

 Banks then resigned from the NFL in search of more opportunities.

 On this occasion, Brian said that he was very grateful to the California Innocence Project, thanks to which he was able to play in the NFL. If the CIP had not supported him, he would still be known in society as a sex offender.

 In 2017, filming for a feature film about the story of Brian Banks began. The Movie stars Greg Kinnear as Justin Brooks, Aldis Hodge as Banks and Tiffany Dupont as CIP Attorney Alissa Bjerkhoel.

 Actresses Sherri Shepherd, Morgan Freeman, and Melanie Liburd will also star in the movie.  

Doug Atchison, the author of Alone and The Bee, wrote the script for the film, Brian Banks. Some aspects of the film have been changed, including the names of some of the people involved in the case, but the main story remains the same.

 All the characters in the film look very impressed with Brian Banks. The actors also praised the California Innocence Project for improving Brian Banks' life.

 Brian Banks got justice, but there are still a lot of people around us today who spend years of their lives suffering because of our wrong decisions.

 I forgot to write an important thing.

 The school administration also filed a lawsuit against Wanetta Gibson in 2013, winning 2.6 dollars million.