Entries tagged with “Rolando Cruz

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Jan 19, 2018

Innocence Deniers” and Coercive Plea Agreements Impede Death-Row Exonerations Across the U.S.

A pros­e­cu­tor’s duty, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote in 1935, is not that it shall win a case, but that jus­tice shall be done.” Yet pros­e­cu­tors across the U.S. have refused to acknowl­edge the inno­cence of defen­dants who have been wrong­ful­ly con­vict­ed, obstruct­ing release by retry­ing death-sen­tenced defen­dants despite exon­er­at­ing evi­dence, or con­di­tion­ing their release upon Alford pleas,” which force defen­dants to choose between clear­ing their names or obtain­ing their free­dom. In an arti­cle for Slate, Lara Bazelon chron­i­cles cas­es of pros­e­cu­tors whom she calls inno­cence deniers,” and the exonerations…