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DePaul University Law Prof. Andrea Lyon '76 Publishes Blog on Prosecutorial Misconduct

Friday, October 12, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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DePaul University Law Professor Andrea Lyon '76 published a blog in The Huffington Post on prosecutors lying to "win" a death sentence.

Andrea Lyon writes, "On September 28, 2012 Judge Sarmina granted a stay of execution for Terry William in Pennsylvania. In doing so she found that the prosecution had known that the man Williams was sentenced to death for killing had been sexually abusing him. In fact the deceased had a provable history of taking advantage of his position of trust in the church to take advantage of vulnerable teens."

"There was no question in the Judge's mind that the prosecution deliberately hid the evidence to support this claim, and that it would have likely changed the result of the sentencing hearing. 'Petitioner demonstrated that the government sanitized the statements of two witnesses, Mamie Norwood and Reverend Charles Poindexter, removing information that either directly or indirectly demonstrated that the victim was a homosexual ephebophiliac. For those who do not know, an ephebophile is an adult who has a sexual attraction to teens.'"

Read more in The Huffington Post, "Dying to Win"

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