Tuesday’s Quick Clicks…

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  • Arizona prosecutor opposes ethical rule requiring prosecutors to disclose evidence of a wrongful conviction
  • Dallas DA Craig Watkins, champion of the wrongfully convicted, draws challenger for 2014 election
  • Oklahoma Innocence Project files brief to free to men featured in John Grisham’s book The Innocent Man and in the book The Dreams of Ada
  • Colorado exoneree Robert Dewey may receive $1.2 million in compensation

2 responses to “Tuesday’s Quick Clicks…

  1. Arizona prosecutor opposes ethical rule.
    It’s MARICOPA COUNTY! Would we expect anything else?

  2. Mr. Locke hit it on the head (remember Andrew Thomas?) but also, this “ethical rule” closely mirrors the ABA’s Rule 3.8(g & h) “Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor.”

    (g) When a prosecutor knows of new, credible and material evidence creating a reasonable likelihood that a convicted defendant did not commit an offense of which the defendant was convicted, the prosecutor shall:

    (1) promptly disclose that evidence to an appropriate court or authority, and

    (2) if the conviction was obtained in the prosecutor’s jurisdiction,

    (i) promptly disclose that evidence to the defendant unless a court authorizes delay, and

    (ii) undertake further investigation, or make reasonable efforts to cause an investigation, to determine whether the defendant was convicted of an offense that the defendant did not commit.

    (h) When a prosecutor knows of clear and convincing evidence establishing that a defendant in the prosecutor’s jurisdiction was convicted of an offense that the defendant did not commit, the prosecutor shall seek to remedy the conviction.

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