Tuesday, May 22, 2012

“I didn’t do it, but I know who did.”

A mug shot comparison of Carlos Hernandez and Carlos DeLuna.
Last week you may have read a news story, editorial, or blog post about Carlos DeLuna, a man who was executed in Texas in 1989, despite strong evidence that he was innocent. Professor James Liebman and a team of students from Columbia Law School published a wonderful interactive website and full, book-length issue of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, exploring the case of the execution of Carlos DeLuna for the murder most likely committed by a man named Carlos Hernandez.

The book and website are wonderful examples of incredibly thorough investigation and research. The website allows for readers to explore crime-scene photos, law enforcement and court records, newspaper and TV coverage, police audiotape of the manhunt ending in DeLuna’s arrest, videotaped interviews, and an interactive map.

The website includes copies of the opinions involved in the case, under Primary Sources, but you can also access them on Westlaw, Lexis, or through free sites using Google:

DeLuna v. State, 711 S.W.2d 44 (Tex. Crim. App. 1986)
DeLuna v. Lynaugh, 890 F.2d 720 (5th Cir. 1989)
DeLuna v. Lynaugh, 873 F.2d 757 (5th Cir. 1989)
DeLuna v. Lynaugh, 493 U.S. 900, 110 S. Ct. 259 (1989) (cert denied).

If you are looking for a reminder, during this rough time of finals, of why you may have decided to go into law in the first place, check Los Tocayos Carlos out!

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