149 people were found to be falsely convicted and their convictions vacated in 2015. 40% of those were in murder cases. The average prison sentence for these innocent people was fourteen years.
Again we say, lets go behind the numbers.
These were cases of people in prison actively investigated. How about people who weren't imprisoned or who were released? The number will be much higher.
It is our assumption here that most of those cases involved wrongful identifications, because as we who are in the business all know, personal identifications are some of the worst, most unreliable evidence there is.
How many more innocent people have to suffer until we fix a broken system?
Here is the NY Times article.
In the REGJB Thursday morning, convicted killer Michael Hernandez, who as a juvenile killed a classmate, was back for re-sentencing under the new Supreme Court rules that most juveniles should not be sentenced to life, and all of them should have a meaningful opportunity for release.
For the first time Hernandez took the stand in his own defense.
ASA Gail Levine, who moaned about having to listen to weeks and weeks of his phone calls, conducted a soft-spoken and sensitive cross examination.
You can follow the proceedings on TV and on David Ovalle's twitter at DavidOvalle305.
No truth to the rumor there is a Gail Levine fan club twitter account.
See You In Court.
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