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Kussmaul is still in prison, and all four defendants want their innocence to be a matter of record. Prosecutorial misconduct and the misuse of jailhouse informants are persistent problems in the criminal justice system.
A USA TODAY investigation documented 201 criminal cases across the nation in which federal judges found that prosecutors broke the rules.The abuses put innocent people in jail, set guilty people free..Though it’s common for court cases to end with defendants or their lawyers claiming bad behavior by prosecutors, actual legal findings of prosecutorial misconduct – decisions reached by a judge and entered into the record – are rare.It is rarer still for justices – usually in the state Supreme Court or appellate court – to reverse convictions because of misconduct. Michael Darnell Harris, now 53, has been behind bars for 33 years on four murder convictions in Detroit, Michigan.But a new study by Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project shows Southern California ranks high in reversals in which misconduct by a prosecutor played a factor. Leon Cannizzaro refuses to acknowledge either his innocence or the gross misconduct of the police and prosecutors who put him in prison. Harris was convicted of the 1981 murder of 77-year-old Ula Curdy in 1983.Contemporary shunning and cleansing may take new and different forms but they always retain the same heartlessness, the unacknowledged violence, the vaguely genocidal thinking.
An investigator ostensibly on Brendan’s defense team speaks openly of his distaste for the Avery family tree and says, 'Someone said to me we need to end the gene pool here.'” The Shame of Wisconsin Cato’s Tim Lynch and Shawn Armbrust of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project explore the many troubling unanswered questions that have turned this mundane murder case into a searing indictment of America’s flawed justice system. Another Brooklyn case bites the dust, but only after a quarter century of prosecutors hiding the evidence Ruddy Quezada sought to win a new trial. Quezada, but by the police and prosecutors who went after him. Most death row exonerations can be traced to prosecutor misconduct. State supreme courts, who bear the ultimate responsibility for the conduct they will accept from attorneys, have stood by like indulgent parents, tolerating outrageous behavior and even ruling that others must too. Corrupt Winnebago County, WI prosecutor Joe Paulus has been to prison and released, living on the balmy Gulf Coast and enjoying life.
Mark Weiner’s freedom did not come about because the system worked. a basketball star at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, was shot to death in his car in 1993, police zeroed in on Tyrone Hood because his fingerprint was found in trash left in the victim's car, and he lived near the school.
It came about because the system protected the system from abject embarrassment. Police never looked at the victim's father, Marshall Morgan, Sr., who got $50,000 insurance from his son's death.
They were all innocent, as DNA has confirmed since their convictions.
But when former Mc Lennan County Sheriff’s Detective Roy Davis threatened them with the death penalty, Long, Shelton and Pitts signed confessions, then testifieid against Kussmaul.
But wait -- the most recent DNA evidence determined that the semen found on Curdy’s girdle excluded Harris – and instead matched another man in the CODIS database. In 1994, Richard Bryan Kussmaul, James Edward Long, Michael Dewayne Shelton and James Wayne Pitts Jr.