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Mar 07, 2023

California Sought the Death Penalty – 38 Years Later, the Defendant is Exonerated

In a case that demon­strates the risks inher­ent in the death penal­ty, Maurice Hastings was found fac­tu­al­ly inno­cent” in Los Angeles of the crime that could have sent him to death row and even­tu­al exe­cu­tion. On March 1, 2023, Judge William Ryan dis­missed all charges and freed Hastings, who was serv­ing a sen­tence of life with­out parole.