A defense attorney in California who represented a man who was wrongly convicted for the 2010 killing of his wife’s boyfriend has said his client was “totally vindicated” by the ruling.
The man’s wife’s murder trial was eventually dismissed because of the misconduct, and he was eventually convicted of first-degree murder.
The defense attorney, Joe DiCicco, said he was shocked by the decision and said it showed how difficult it is to prove a wrongful conviction.
“The case is so complicated, the defendant had a history of lying to the police and to the jury, and all that,” DiCico said.
The man who died in 2008 from an overdose was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 20 years. “
But there was a lot of circumstantial evidence, and the court did a great job of finding a rational explanation for the prosecution’s actions.”
The man who died in 2008 from an overdose was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 20 years.
DiCigco, who is also a defense attorney for the families of other wrongful convictions, said his clients hope that this case will serve as a wake-up call to prosecutors, judges and jurors.
He said he has seen some of the same behavior in the past.
“I’ve seen people being told they can’t use their DNA evidence in this case because they didn’t have a ‘reasonable doubt’ that the defendant committed the crime, or that he was guilty,” DiCapo said.