Entries tagged with “Paul Skalnik

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Prosecutorial Accountability

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Feb 21, 2020

Florida Court Grants Hearing to James Dailey on Innocence Claim

A Florida state court judge has grant­ed death-row pris­on­er James Dailey an evi­den­tiary hear­ing on his claim that he did not com­mit the mur­der for which he was sen­tenced to death three decades ago.

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Prosecutorial Accountability

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Upcoming Executions

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Dec 18, 2019

James Dailey Faces Execution in Florida Based on Testimony of Serial Jailhouse Informant Police Called Con Man Extraordinaire”

Paul Skalnik is a sex offend­er and con man whose jail­house snitch” tes­ti­mo­ny was used by Florida and Texas pros­e­cu­tors to con­vict more than 37 defen­dants, includ­ing four who were sen­tenced to death. His tes­ti­mo­ny that James Dailey (pic­tured) alleged­ly con­fessed to the bru­tal 1985 stab­bing and drown­ing death of 14-year-old Shelley Boggio con­tributed to Dailey’s con­vic­tion and death sen­tence, despite the prosecution’s admis­sion that no phys­i­cal evi­dence,” no fin­ger­prints,” and no hair or fibers” linked Dailey to the crime.

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Religion

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United States Supreme Court

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Feb 06, 2020

Prosecutors, Catholic Bishops, and Conservative Group Submit Briefs Asking U.S. Supreme Court to Review Case of James Dailey

Three groups, rep­re­sent­ing pros­e­cu­tors, the Catholic Church, and polit­i­cal con­ser­v­a­tives, have filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court sup­port­ing the efforts of Florida death-row pris­on­er James Dailey (pic­tured) to obtain judi­cial review of his inno­cence claim. Dailey filed a peti­tion for cer­tio­rari on January 10, 2020 ask­ing the Supreme Court to hear his case, after the Florida courts refused to con­sid­er evi­dence that anoth­er man had con­fessed to the murder.