Supreme Court Decision Could Set Convicted Baltimore Child Rapist Free

(WJZ CBS Baltimore, 3/22/2012)

His victims thought he was locked up for life, but a decision by the Supreme Court may help unlock his cell. Baltimore school teacher John Merzbacher was convicted of child rape in 1995.

Alex DeMetrick reports his appeal to get out has been strengthened by the high court’s decision on Wednesday.

John Merzbacher last walked free before he was sentenced to four life terms in 1995 for repeatedly raping Elizabeth Murphy while she was his student in the 1970s at a Catholic school in Baltimore.

“I’m just grateful for this verdict,” Murphy said. “He’s off the street and hopefully other children are safe.”

Seventeen years later, Murphy is worried that’s about to change.

“What we’re on the verge of right now is just a grave moral and legal injustice,” she said.

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