Monday, March 19, 2007

Finding Freedom

A brief follow-up to our non-virtual discussion yesterday: The San Francisco Chronicle reports on good news in the case of California death row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters (author of possible future Rights Readers selection Finding Freedom),

The California Supreme Court, in an unusual step, has ordered state prosecutors to respond to defense lawyers' claims that new evidence shows a San Quentin State Prison inmate is innocent of the 1985 murder of a prison guard that sent him to Death Row.

Jarvis Masters' appeal is still a longshot in a court that upholds more than 90 percent of the death sentences it considers. But the circumstances of the Feb. 14 order signed by all seven justices have given Masters' lawyers a glimmer of hope that their 45-year-old client will be vindicated.

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