Death Penalty Exposed

In 1989 Carlos DeLuna was executed by the state of Texas. Carlos DeLuna was almost certainly innocent of the charge for which he was put to death. Carlos DeLuna was convicted of killing a young lady with a knife during a gas station robbery in Corpus Christi.

The self proclaimed killer was a man named Carlos Hernandez and he repeatedly admitted to killing the young woman prior to his death in prison. Texas has executed 482 people since it reinstated the death penalty in 1982, four times the number of any other state. A grievous injustice was very likely done in the DeLuna case. But the errors documented by Prof. James Liebman and his team from Columbia Law School are routinely found in other capital cases in Texas and other states.

Prof. Liebman's research has shown that the investigation in the DeLuna case was grossly inadequate and missed critical evidence; unreliable evidence, like witnesses' patently unfair identification of Mr. DeLuna as he was handcuffed in a police car; repeated prosecutorial misconduct, like failure to turn over exonerating evidence; and incompetent counsel, who did scant investigation to find support for their client's claim of innocence and put on no mitigating evidence at the penalty phase of the trial to avoid a death sentence.

The sad reality is that we do not have a perfect justice system. Which is why it is more important than ever that you hire an experienced defense attorney who can fight for your constitutional rights. Jaffe & Drennan, P.C. has nearly 50 years experience defending the rights of the accused. Don't plead face the extensive resources of the state without an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Source: New York Times, A Routine Execution in Texas, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/opinion/a-routine-execution-in-texas.html?_r=2&emc=eta1

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