Monday, April 1, 2013

George Souliotes. Arson "science" case: Judge H. Lee Sarokin appropriately asks "Does the prosecution win if justice loses?" Huffington Post: Brilliant. Must read. HL.

POST: "Does the prosecution win if justice loses?" by retired Federal Judge  H. Lee Sarokin, published by the Huffington Post on March 14, 2013.

GIST: "Souliotes was convicted 16 years ago and is serving a life sentence without parole for killing his tenant and her two children during a fire that he allegedly set. I will not recite the long, tortuous history of this case, but suffice it to say that because of new scientific evidence, the California Attorney General has conceded that all of the indicators relied on by the prosecution's fire investigators to prove arson were faulty, and that there is in fact no scientific evidence whatsoever that the fire was arson. In short, the only evidence left to suggest guilt is the testimony of one witness who placed Souliotes at the scene. Two federal judges have ruled that her testimony was "not credible" and "simply unworthy of belief." The Court further concluded that Mr. Souliotes is actually innocent, that no reasonable juror could find guilt based on the current evidentiary record, and that Mr. Souliotes' trial counsel provided ineffective assistance of counsel by failing to present a defense at his second trial. Nonetheless, the California Attorney General continues to aggressively fight to keep Mr. Souliotes, who is 72 years old and in poor health, in prison. To cling to a conviction under these circumstances does not serve the public. A win here for the prosecution would be a loss for justice."

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