“To hear that a judge who put procedure over innocence could be moving to a higher court is very upsetting to me.”Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
That’s a quote from Jeffrey Deskovic, who served 16 years for a rape and murder he didn’t commit. He was finally exonerated by DNA testing.
When Deskovic appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, Judge Sonia Sotomayor co-wrote a two-page opinion that refused to even consider the evidence of Deskovic’s innocence because his lawyer was four days late filing the petition. So Deskovic spent an extra six years in prison awaiting a DNA test.