Joyce Danna rose to her feet, her ankles shackled by leg irons, and cried tears of joy yesterday when Baltimore County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger ordered her release from prison on $25,000 bond.
After 14 years in the Maryland prison system, freedom -- at least temporary freedom -- was just over the horizon for Mrs. Danna, 42, whose 1978 conviction in her husband's murder was overturned Friday. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals granted her a new trial. She had been serving a life sentence.
Mrs. Danna and her lawyer, Rachel A. Wohl, embraced in court yesterday. "She said, 'Justice finally does happen,' " according to the lawyer. Friends and family applauded from their seats in the gallery.