AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas legal panel voted on Monday to disbar a former prosecutor for sending an innocent man to death row by presenting tainted testimony and making false statements that undermined the defendant’s alibi.
The Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Texas Supreme Court upheld a state licensing board’s decision to disbar Charles Sebesta for his conduct in convicting Anthony Graves, who spent 18 years in prison on charges of setting a fire that killed six people before being freed.
Graves, who spent 12 of those years on death row, had sought to have Sebesta disbarred.
Sebesta had convicted Robert Carter for the murders and tried to get Carter to say Graves was an accomplice. But the day before he was to testify, Carter told Sebesta he acted alone and Graves was not involved, the board said.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Nearly 400 days after a white police officer fatally shot a black 12-year-old carrying a pellet gun in an encounter captured on surveillance video, the boy’s disillusioned family believes it’s unlikely anyone will be indicted.
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A judge on Tuesday cleared the way for the release of a man who has spent 28 years behind bars for a rape he says he did not commit, setting bond that will allow the prisoner to walk free.