Thursday, September 21, 2006

DNA Evidence Frees a Man Imprisoned for Half His Life

This is an incredibly tragic story from the New York Times. Sixteen years ago, Jeffrey Deskovic was convicted of raping, beating and strangling a high school classmate in a jealous fit of rage. DNA evidence presented at his trial showed that semen in the victim's body was not his, but the police testified that he had confessed.

Yesterday, he walked out of the courthouse a free man after the DNA from the crime scene was run through a national database and matched that of a man who is serving time for another local murder. This man now has confessed to the murder.

The case against Mr. Deskovic hinged largely on a confession he made after six hours of questioning in a small interrogation room where two detectives took him for a polygraph test. At the time, Mr. Deskovic was 16 years old.

At his trial, investigators said they grew suspicious of Mr. Deskovic because he was late for school the day after the murder and seemed overly distraught about the death of a girl who was not his close friend.

Jeanine Pirro, the former district attorney, who took office after his trial refused to review the case. Ms. Pirro's successor, Janet DiFiore, agreed to run the evidence through a national DNA databank after she was approached in June by Barry Scheck, a director of the Innocence Project, which works to free the wrongly convicted.


Anonymous said...

There should be a specific stutory cause of action enacted to deal with these cases. There is not enough money in the world to make up for what happened to that guy.

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Anonymous said...

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many staff members have moved on with new names and faces.