Sleep No More | Richard LaGravenese

July 10, 2014 2:41 PM

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Marshall Hale is an innocent man convicted of a crime he did not commit. This fact has been known by the Commonwealth since the police ran tests on Mr. Hale's blood during his trial which determined conclusively that he did not rape the victim. Since that time--at 3:00 p.m. on September 26, 1984 -- the Commonwealth has repeatedly thwarted Mr. Hale's attempts to establish his innocence: first by withholding the very evidence within its control that proves his innocence, then by providing the indecipherable information and arguing against the appointment of either counsel or expert to allow him to understand it. Because the Commonwealth so egregiously violated Mr. Hale's protected rights to due process of law, and because the Commonwealth ensured that Mr. Hale would remain ignorant of the very evidence to prove his innocence, this Court should grant Mr. Hale's petition, reverse his conviction and set him free. Mr. Hale has already spent 26 years in prison serving a sentence meant for another man...

The memorandum was filed by Marissa Boyers Bluestine, the legal director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Ms. Bluestine is a mother of three, whose husband is a schoolteacher and musician. She rarely gets vacation time with her family. But has no complaints. Sharp, dedicated, skilled, she is a...

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