Entries tagged with “Michael Wearry

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Innocence

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Prosecutorial Accountability

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May 16, 2022

Federal Appeals Court Rules that Louisiana Prosecutor and Police Officer Who Fabricated Evidence are Not Immune from Civil Rights Lawsuit by Former Death-Row Prisoner

A pros­e­cu­tor and police offi­cer who fab­ri­cat­ed evi­dence to wrong­ful­ly con­vict a for­mer Louisiana death-row pris­on­er are not enti­tled to immu­ni­ty in a law­suit alleg­ing they know­ing­ly and delib­er­ate­ly fab­ri­cat­ed” that tes­ti­mo­ny, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled.

Policy Issues

Prosecutorial Accountability

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United States Supreme Court

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Jun 20, 2018

Louisiana Prisoner Alleges Prosecutor Got Death Verdict By Coercing Witness, Presenting Fabricated Testimony

Michael Wearry, a Louisiana pris­on­er whose con­vic­tion and death sen­tence were over­turned by the U.S Supreme Court in 2016 because pros­e­cu­tors with­held excul­pa­to­ry evi­dence, has filed suit against Livingston Parish District Attorney Scott Perriloux (pic­tured) and for­mer Sheriff’s Deputy Marlon Kearney Foster based upon new evi­dence that they delib­er­ate­ly fab­ri­cat­ed tes­ti­mo­ny against him. Wearry’s com­plaint charges that the Louisiana offi­cials know­ing­ly and delib­er­ate­ly fab­ri­cat­ed” tes­ti­mo­ny from a trou­bled ado­les­cent, Jeffery Ashton and coerced Ashton to false­ly impli­cate Wearry in the homi­cide of Eric Walber.”

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Prosecutorial Accountability

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Aug 10, 2020

Orleans Parish D.A. Will Not Run for Re-Election, Tenure Tainted By Office Misconduct in Death-Penalty Cases

After 12 years as Orleans Parish, Louisiana District Attorney, Leon Cannizzaro (pic­tured) has announced that he will not seek re-elec­tion and will be retir­ing as D.A. at the end of this term. Cannizzaro’s tenure in office was marked by his aggres­sive defense of pri­or offi­cial mis­con­duct in cap­i­tal cas­es, mis­con­duct by his office while he was District Attorney, and rev­e­la­tions that Orleans Parish pros­e­cu­tors had rou­tine­ly issued fake sub­poe­nas and threat­ened impris­on­ment to coerce vic­tims and wit­ness­es to coop­er­ate with law enforcement.