Friday, January 06, 2012

Exonerations, cont.

""A Texas man wrongfully convicted in 1987 of murdering his wife is scheduled to be officially exonerated on Monday.

That is no longer so unusual in Texas, where 45 inmates have been exonerated in the last decade based on DNA evidence. What is unprecedented is the move planned by lawyers for the man, Michael Morton: They are expected to file a request for a special hearing to determine whether the prosecutor broke state laws or ethics rules by withholding evidence that could have led to Morton’s acquittal 25 years ago.

“I haven’t seen anything like this, ever,” said Bennet L. Gershman, an expert on prosecutorial misconduct at Pace University in New York. “It’s an extraordinary legal event...”

To most in Consumerland this may be another cheesy drama-of-the-week. For the wrongfully convicted it's a miracle (tho'..a reasonable miracle, which shows the system does at times function).

Related: the Adventures of Billy Puta-ford continued.

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