Palladium Murder: Case of Wrongful Conviction?
Dateline aired an excellent program a few days ago on New York's Palladium murder. It looks to be a case of faulty eyewitness evidence and prosecutorial withholding of evidence, made all the more compelling by the extraordinary dedication of a detective who wouldn't give up fighting to prove the convicted mens' innocence. The transcript from the show is here.
Three weeks after the shooting, eyewitnesses identified 22-year-old David Lemus in a photo array. At the time, he was a part-time construction worker going to night school to become a carpenter's apprentice. Five weeks later, he was picked out again in a lineup, arrested and charged with murder.
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