A former Long Beach Poly high school football star was exonerated on a rape conviction by a southern California judge.
Brian Banks lawyer told him to plead nolo contendere 10 years ago after a childhood friend, Wanetta Gibson, falsely accused him of attacking her on their high school campus. After serving five years in prison and another five on probation with an ankle monitor attached, Gibson (at some point after his release) friended Banks on Facebook.
She would admit to him twice that she lied- once on tape. Gibson's only hang-up was that she didn't want to give back $1.5-million her family got in a civil settlement from the Long Beach City School System.
Gordon Tokumatsu was outside the courthouse...
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Banks' lawyers are asking pro football franchises to give their client a chance to play some kind of pro ball since Banks had accepted a scholarship to play at USC the day of the alleged assault.