Saturday, January 10, 2015

Wrongly Convicted Man Was His Own Best Advocate -

Derrick Hamilton - his conviction was vacated in 2015,
24 years after his murder conviction.
Derrick Hamilton (after serving time for manslaughter) was convicted of murder on the testimony of a single eyewitness.  He was released from prison after 20 years.  He represented himself in the main.  A now discredited detective developed the testimony of a witness who was found to be incredible.  The Brooklyn Prosecutor found her testimony was inconsistent with medical and scientific evidence and that the witness was not credible. - gwc

Wrongly Convicted Man Was His Own Best Advocate -
They called themselves the “actual innocence team,” jotting down notes on yellow pads as they served their sentences at Auburn Correctional Facility in upstate New York, hoping to build cases and motions that might lead to their freedom.
One of those self-taught jailhouse lawyers, Derrick Hamilton, stood in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn on Friday as his 1991 murder conviction was vacated. The hearing capped more than two decades of his filing motions, sending letters and securing affidavits arguing his innocence.
“Mr. Hamilton never for one second doubted his own ability to convince a court of law he was innocent,” one of the defense lawyers who has worked on his case, Scott Brettschneider, said in court. “His capacity to turn out legal work was astounding.”

The Brooklyn district attorney’s office, which revisited Mr. Hamilton’s case through its Conviction Review Unit, said that medical and scientific evidence, like the path of the bullets and where the victim’s bleeding occurred, undercut the sole eyewitness’s testimony and that the eyewitness was not credible.  read more
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