In the remaining two cases, one defendant was released when the parole board became convinced of his innocence, and the other was acquitted at a retrial of the capital charge but convicted of lesser related charges. The conviction was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court because the verdict was not supported by the weight of the evidence.
These five cases are indicated with an asterisk (*). David Keaton (Florida, Conviction: 1971) Sentenced to death for murdering an off duty deputy sheriff during a robbery. Freddie Pitts (Florida, Conviction: 1963) They were convicted of a double murder and sentenced to death. Tibbs' former prosecutor said that the original investigation had been tainted from the beginning. Earl Charles (Georgia, Conviction: 1975) Convicted on two counts of murder and sentenced to death.
Charles won a substantial settlement from city officials for misconduct in the original investigation. Jonathan Treadway (Arizona, Conviction: 1975) Convicted of sodomy and first degree murder of a six-year-old and sentenced to death.
We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market.This report has not been reviewed or approved by other members of the subcommittee. INTRODUCTION In 1972, when the Supreme Court ruled in Furman v.Prepared with the assistance of the Death Penalty Information Center TABLE OF CONTENTS I. Recent Cases Involving Innocent Persons Sentenced to Death III. Georgia that the death penalty as then applied was arbitrary and capricious and therefore unconstitutional, a mjority of the Justices expected that the adoption of narrowly crafted sentencing procedures would protect against innocent persons being sentenced to death. Conclusion "No matter how careful courts are, the possibility of perjured testimony, mistaken honest testimony, and human error remain all too real.Yet the promise of Furman has not been fulfilled: innocent persons are still being sentenced to death, and the chances are high that innocent persons have been or will be executed.Acquitted at the retrial when evidence showed that the true killer was the main prosecution witness at the first trial. Jerry Banks (Georgia, Conviction: 1975) Sentenced to death for two counts of murder.The conviction was overturned because the prosecution knowingly withheld exculpatory evidence.Earlier this year, the Subcommittee on Civil andtitutional Rights heard testimony from four men who were released from prison after serving years on death row -- living proof that innocent peopole are sentenced to death. The hearing raised two questions: (1) just how frequently are innocent person convicted and sentenced to death; and (2) what flaws in the system allow these injsutices to occur?In order to answer these questions, Subcommittee Chairman Don Edwards called up on the Death Penalty Information Center to compile information on cases in the past twenty years hwere inmates had been released from death row after thier innocence had been acknowledged. It is better to let court handle it rather than to let the victims carry out the sentence.Staff Report by the Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights Committee on the Judiciary One Hundred Third Congress, First Session Issued October 21, 1993 Chairman Don Edwards of the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommitte on Civil and Constitutional Rights directed the subcommittee majority staff to prepare this report. We have no way of judging how many innocent persons have been executed, but we can be certain that there were some." I.