Exonerations

Innocent woman speaks out after spending 22 years on death row

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More than two decades ago, Debra Milke was convicted of the brutal 1989 murder of her 4-year-old son. This week an Arizona court finally dismissed her case after years of appeals. She spoke out at a news conference on Tuesday, often sobbing as she addressed reporters, and maintained her innocence. She described her conviction and death sentence as a “blatant miscarriage of justice.” Lawyers for Milke said she was the victim of dirty cop who failed to keep a record of her purported confession, but was still able to sway a jury. In 1997, the state of Arizona issued a death warrant for Milke, but her execution was delayed due to legal technicalities. Milke argues she was denied a fair trial, and given that rulings from numerous other cases since have proved the now-retired cop repeatedly lied under oath and violated suspects’ rights, she appears to have been right.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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