Who is Jeffrey Deskovic? I had no idea until about five minutes ago. Jeffrey, it turns out is a guy who served sixteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Jeffrey wasn't political or anything just a guy who got screwed, badly.
Jeffrey was 16 when he was charged based upon a coerced confession following a seven and one half hour police interrogation. Jeffrey was convicted despite DNA evidence which showed that the semen found inside the victim did not match his.
The Innocence Project writes:
On November 2, 2006, Jeff Deskovic’s indictment charging him with murder, rape, and possession of a weapon was dismissed on the grounds of actual innocence. Postconviction DNA testing both proved Deskovic’s innocence and identified the real perpetrator of a 1989 murder and rape.
That new DNA test was a more sophisticated version which also identified the actual perpetrator.
Sixteen years he spent fighting to prove his innocence. Sixteen years he was locked up for nothing.
Can you imagine?
Scission Friday presents below a lengthy interview with Jefrey from Prison Legal News. It's all there...
What a freaking screwed up "justice" system, we have.