Monday, December 23, 2013
The L.A. Times has this story about a murder convict granted habeas by the Ninth Circuit based on his attorney's failure to interview a surviving victim of the assault, who was not called as a witness and who eventually said the defendant had been falsely convicted. The convict rejected an offer to plead guilty to manslaughter and be released based on time served, instead standing trial and winning acquittal. In part:
"There was no need to compromise your integrity just so you can go free," he said. "I felt that's something you have to hold firm to even if your life is on the line."