San Diego County district attorney launches team to review possible wrongful convictions

Kristina Davis | Latimes.com
April 05, 2016

wrongful conviction unitUriah Courtney, convicted of a rape he didn’t commit, walked out of prison an innocent man after eight years behind bars.

Twenty-one years after a jury found Kenneth Marsh guilty of beating to death his 2-year-old son, he was told the case against him was dismissed.

The men are two of the most notable examples in recent history of wrongful convictions in San Diego County, and Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis believes there could be more.

That’s why, she says, she is formalizing the office’s efforts to review troublesome convictions, creating a team of two full-time prosecutors to investigate claims of innocence where verifiable, credible evidence exists or where there is new technology or evidence to run DNA tests.

Named the George “Woody” Clarke Conviction Review Unit, the effort honors the former local prosecutor and judge who pioneered such post-conviction work.

Although these kinds of efforts have been embraced by the office for several years, the move to a formalized unit offers the public a direct line of communication to prosecutors.
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Convicts, their families and tipsters can now submit an application to have a case reviewed via the district attorney’s website, www.sdcda.org. Applications will be accepted only in writing.

Read more here:http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-sd-innocence-20160404-story.html

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