We’ve written here before about the quandary faced by actually innocent, wrongfully convicted prisoners seeking parole. Please see The Catch 22 of Parole for the Wrongfully Convicted.
The issue here is that it’s uniformly standard practice for parole boards to refuse parole for defendants who will not admit guilt. So, what’s a wrongfully convicted, actually innocent prisoner to do?
However, a California appeals court has recently ruled that the parole board cannot keep refusing parole to a prisoner simply because he will not admit guilt. See the article By Maintaining Innocence, Convicted Murderer is Denied Parole by Seth Augenstein here.
This is a big deal. Could this be precedential?