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south america to discover the finds of the mcclinton and al-jazeera. hello i'm daryn jordan doha with a quick reminder of the top stories here on al-jazeera a cesspool of political bias is how the u.s. describe the u.n. human rights council and that's why it's pulling out of the u.n. body president donald trump had been threatening to quit the council if it wasn't reformed just as well as in jordan reports no special a year ago the u.s. ambassador to the united nations criticize the u.n. human rights council for what she called its hypocritical behavior and nikki haley said the u.s. would quit the council if it didn't change its ways it's hard to accept that this council has never considered
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a resolution on venezuela and yet it adopted five biased resolutions in march against a single country israel it is essential that this council address its chronic anti israel bias if it is to have any credibility it is correct to criticize the state of israel for its actions as said by rabbi law you can you can challenge the israeli government's policies we thought being a mighty comet such as this a permanent agenda item investigating israel's treatment of palestinians and the us is recent failure to prevent the un general assembly from condemning israel's use of force in gaza finally made the trumpet ministration say enough on tuesday but when organizations undermine our national interests and our allies we will not be complicit when they seek to infringe on our national sovereignty we will not be silent we take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes
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a mockery of human rights we could have withdrawn. immediately we did not do that instead we made a good faith effort to resolve the problems the u.s. has had a troubled relationship with the council when it was set up in two thousand and six president george bush refused to join because he feared countries with poor human rights records would be able to sit on a panel intended to punish human rights violators key in bush's decision making the us ambassador to the u.n. at the time john bolton he's now president trumps national security advisor to president barack obama then joined the council in two thousand and nine are you the u.s. would have more influence and give israel more protection from negative resolutions in the process now the u.s. is leaving the council again and that has human rights groups around the world very concerned they fear that without the american presence on the council it will be
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much less able to hold countries such as russia syria or north korea accountable for the mistreatment of their citizens it's also not clear how long washington plans to stay away from the human rights council. jordan al-jazeera the state department u.s. president donald trump as a meeting republicans on capitol hill to discuss passing legislation to overhaul the immigration system trump says something needs to be done to curb illegal immigration and he plans to sign either the republican bills of the house passes he's going to face criticism face policy of spitting up migrant families at the mexican border. saudi and erotic coalition forces of taken control of parts of the day it is airport in yemen as they continue to fight who the rebels the u.n. and aid groups fear the battle will spread to the city and cause a humanitarian disaster. north korea's leader has told china that his country will do all it can to protect peace kim jong who is visiting for the third time since
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oh. can you tell me about the day that the police came here door and started talking to you is that something you're able to talk about a quarter. point . and everything went. to sleep through the american criminal justice system and forces our laws and keeps watch over a person. but who is watching the system. and joe berlinger and i used my camera for twenty years to knock down doors and pursue the truth just now we're going inside the american criminal justice system going to law enforcement the elected officials the court system the corrections to find out if justice is being served.
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most homicides investigators will tell you that in the age of forensic science a good old fashioned confession is the gold standard of evidence. i've seen it myself nothing sways a jury more than a defendant who seems to admit to murder whether they did it or not you know it's so hard to wrap your head around the idea of false confessions you know why would somebody admit to a crime that they didn't commit but it happens more often than you would like the bank in twenty seven percent of the cases that are overturned by d.n.a. evidence the defendant gave a false statement. and they paid for. in this episode we'll be looking at two cases where convictions were reached almost exclusively on the basis of the suspects confession. kiersten blaise lobato was convicted of homicide in las vegas she claims she's innocent and she says her words were used against her peers didn't
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lobato seen here in court is charged with murder and sexual penetration of a dead human body the body of los vegas duran bailey crystal bottle confessed to this murder she admitted to unique circumstances and back to the point her to the murder. of ahmad hess someone who has been jailed over well here i mean it. j b f o many mean is kiersten the bad as new york based defense attorney how they're going for you know in a m j b also oh no marlon is a no i mean if you guys are going to be good i'm really interested in talking about this case is fascinated me for a while and i've done a lot of cases that involve false confessions but but this one has a really special twist to it this crucial point out in this case that there was not even a false confession there was not a confession at all. kirstin plays
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a vital did not confess to this crime. instead lobato claims she was raped in a parking lot in las vegas and defended herself by stabbing her attacker she told the counselor about the incident. when a homeless man named duran bailey was found dead and mutilated in a dumpster on the other side of town the counselor called las vegas homicide. detectives came to her house she thought the near question her about her being a victim of a rape attempted rape violent now a suspect in a murder case she was led to believe by their silence they're talking of the same case that one of the biggest travesties we deal with here this is it. off a low you have a complete cold ground. zero a constant high doing. excellent excellent i really really appreciate you taking
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the time to talk to us i know you haven't really done this before well i'm. at the end of the day what do you want people to know about your case about your situation. right now that i did. what i would. what had happened and i figured if i told them the truth and everything would be ok. i'm a side investigators are convinced lobato is lying that she conjured up an attempted rape story by a different person to cover up the murder of duran bailey when then you realize things were not ok. i think. that i would like. i have no idea that they were great and they were they were. they were talking about one. coming together in my mind. she believed in the criminal
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justice system and the criminal justice system let her down. i'm steve moore i'm heading into the office today i'm working on time. pierston to look case was in the f.b.i. for about twenty five years promised myself i would not work. cases to get the right to go see autopsies and i was one of those great retirement plans and. the problem with convicting on a case solely dependent on a confession confessions are useless without corroboration steve moore's investigation raises questions about whose version of events is more credible. when he breaks down the case he starts with the timeline you have the summer of two thousand and one. may here. get june.
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and you've got july. at the end of may you have cure still a bottle she's in a parking lot a hotel on the east side a las vegas. she is attacked he tried to rape her she took out a butterfly knife and was able to slash at him and told half a dozen friends in this time frame she told them in this time frame that this incident occurred and that she had slashed the man's penis now you have the murder in july of two thousand and one of duran bailey behind a bank in west las vegas. so we're talking months maybe six weeks difference so it's conceivable that the police confused the attack of late may where she defended herself. with the murder on july.
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charged. with murder. our next case is a textbook example of how police officers can use extreme tactics to coerce a confession out of a suspect in a murder case and how prosecutors can develop tunnel vision and ignore the facts and fight tooth and nail against reopening a case. usually a false confession involves a completely made up story in which people are just looking to get out of a very threatening situation some will say anything thinking they can fix it later but there's no fixing it later they're stuck with these statements and these statements are used against them in a court of law. in the fall of one thousand nine hundred nine the town of peekskill new york was stunned by the brutal murder and rape of a fifteen year old girl named angela correia. the investigation confession and eventual conviction of a sixteen year old student named jeffrey deskovic has shaken up the justice system
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here all these years later. i already jobber a letter of well thanks for helping me so i wanted to look at some of those articles from eighty nine about the desk of a case sure we have all the even story here. from. peekskill police investigate a ping from pixel homes with a gray i saw you might have their eye on one of the great. jeffrey deskovic and one of his lawyers watches the jury and specks the site where angela gray is body was found in november of one thousand nine hundred nine look how young he looks i just can't imagine being in that situation going to the murder
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site surrounded by the jury press. crazy situation. most of the journalists who cover the desk a big case of moved on but i tracked down one writer who stuck with the story jonathan bandler is an investigative reporter for the journal news walk me through the case november fifteenth one thousand nine hundred nine angela korea she was a fifteen year old pisco high school student she left her house on main street as she was headed for some woods behind hillcrest elementary school near griffin pond . carrier camera she's going to take some pictures using a photography class she got up there she was in the woods at some point between three thirty and four thirty two was brutally attacked his body was nude from the waist down the medical examiner determined she died from a blow to the head and manual strangulation she was sexually assaulted blood semen
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and a hair sample were collected for d.n.a. testing and sent to the f.b.i. crime lab with no leads the police created a psychological profile of the killer asserting that he was young knew the victim and most likely was a loner. peekskill new york in one nine hundred eighty nine this quiet town in upstate new york was on edge a fifteen year old high school student named angela correia was raped and murdered local investigators were narrowing their search to one and only one suspect. one thing that was interesting was jeffrey deskovic was a sixteen year old student there he had been a classmate he wasn't a close friend but he was certainly somebody who knew her. she showed up at each of the memorial services she was clearly distraught and he also started talking to the police offering his own theories about what happened. kind of fit that profile so
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they started talking. deskovic answers only raise suspicion. police assert that he admitted to knowing what correia wore on the day of the murder. that he was familiar with the crime scene. and that he knew she was strangled and hit in the head. so police asked him for a blood sample then a polygraph. you had a psychologically vulnerable teenager you had aggressive investigators it was a perfect storm that engulfed geoffrey dust. a there is a lot of your girl injured jeff estimates not going to meet us and obvious in this what are needed what do you what do you have going on here and we have a reentry game called beyond the bars recharger entry and it's a tool designed to facilitate for me incarcerated people reentry getting back into
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society and reconnecting with with their family give me some cars or examples of some incarceration lester's ok. did you pray while you were incarcerated if yes what did you pray for i would you answer that the deprived while you're there sir i prayed early and often. to use a far off a must watch terminology. i prayed to that my innocence could be established and i would i would be released that it took sixteen years but it was grant during his sixteen years in prison jeffrey deskovic would often replay the details of his confession especially the lie detector test. so the next day rather than go to school i went to the police station expecting that the test would be at peace kill headquarters. action instead of what they took me to the town of brewster which is then putnam county new york. where the graphics himself was actually
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a putnam county sheriff's investigator who was pretending to be a civilian so i never saw him he was a police officer. the polygraph aside this technique that he was used to carrying out which he had an acronym for g.t.c. . get the confession. polygraphist butts me in a small room in attacks a polygraph machine so he gives me countless cups of coffee and the reason why that's important is because the premise of the polygraph is that when you tell a law you'll become nervous and the nervousness will result in an increased. the polygraphist use a lot of third rate tactics i mean raises voice me into my personal space he kept asking me the same questions over and over again. and getting more and more ferocious as each hour happened he kept us up for more than seven hours towards the end of the interrogation he made a statement to me saying what do you mean you didn't do what you just told me
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through the test that you did i just want you to virtually confirm this. but he said that that really shocked my fear through the roof. being young naive frightened sixteen. i wasn't thinking about the long term implications i was just concerned my own safety in the moment and i took the out what she offered and i made up a story based upon information which had yet mean the course of their tour in. this interrogation was never recorded instead investigators would rely on the polygraph examiners recollections. he wrote the desk of mixed last words were i sometimes think i did it because i know too much about the things where she was killed. i would say that i was a complete mental and emotional wreck at that point and answers the police officers testimony that i was on a floor in a fetal position crying uncontrollably. deskovic was arrested and charged with
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murder prosecutors rushed the case to the grand jury. three days after he was indicted the d.n.a. report came back deskovic the d.n.a. did not match the evidence prosecutors went ahead with the case anyway in january one thousand nine hundred one deskovic was tried convicted and sentenced to fifteen years to life is false confessions sent him to prison despite no d.n.a. evidence linking him to the crime. what's it like to go through that kind of a nightmare. it is just that is seen nightmarish alternative reality featuring the guards see presidents the staff all those obstacles to the awesome a goal which is to prove your innocence and therefore regain your freedom. in las vegas kiersten lobato is living her nightmare twelve years into a twenty year sentence lobato is still claiming her innocence but she's watching
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her chances of exoneration slip away. you know some behave better than others that's for sure i mean it is a challenge it's embarrassing for me at this point in it i have become somewhat and your wife like i have a just cause for firing. i'm scared of what the future holds for me as your family holding up their all this. hard to find better now than they were. initially they were around. you right now you're pointing out the fan went on i had no wind here. i'm not going to put too much water on the tomatoes dad says that it's well get another thank you no water and i'm too much and i don't look that good. the best
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way for me to explain it is i feel kind of frozen in time it's very strange thought that life has frozen in till she comes and that's what it seems like. we don't do a whole heck of a lot we don't do holidays for us the holidays are food that they don't decorate on more accurate we don't celebrate we don't do any of that she's gone and she's not here you know thanksgiving yeah. thanks for what telling the truth the truth will set you free yeah don't kid yourself. that's that's the bitterness part and i know that that is do you think that's a way that you're kind of frozen in time yeah yeah we're frozen in time to hear that. because if you do the day to day your orders are the zero. zero zero i just come home from work and blaze was coming out of the shower and the
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two detectives were inside the living room waiting for blaze to get out the shower my reaction was i didn't know what the hell was going on at first. and then i watched through the window and he showed a picture and she was shaking her hand i could see what was going on and then they turned on i saw the tape turned on it you're just her hair and. it was they knew. they were. there and then i mean they were person. like me. but you never hear. in the. world. or. ok and you're right it. was a very serious. risk
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or that it was you or them. this would be the only interview cure still about it would help with las vegas detectives and her next statement would in many ways seal her fate. and. maybe make me late. and then of a century stood up and they put you know put handcuffs on and that's when i lost it right then i was like what's going on skis my language and when she came out that's when she said she was attacked by a man he tried to rape her and apparently he died and i was like well it's self defense. last vegas is a tough city the city has a certain lure. there's
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a criminal element on the streets of los vegas especially in the tougher neighborhoods this is downright frightening. but a sex related crimes drugs. so a very interesting place to be a crime reporter. glenn pewit covered the kiersten labatt a case for the las vegas review. the active theory recording prosecutors and police was the misl bato had had an interaction with mr bailey that was sexual in nature he had lured her into a sexual encounter for the purposes of drugs and for giving her some methamphetamine and then he didn't have any math and that this induced kind of a meth psychosis that caused her to completely snap and become extremely violent and engage in what is a commonly referred to as overkill the prosecution had a strong point of view regarding the circumstances and the motive for the crime but
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the case is riddled with inconsistences you start simply with the. with the basics of the case you have this crime scene this is a cinder block area behind a bank they find a body of a man. and he had been brutally murdered. right about here they found six of his teeth. right here they found a pool of blood where is carotid artery had been cut underneath him here they found a pool of blood because somebody had stuck a knife in his rectum they had also taken his penis that was found here he would have bled to death from the carotid he had broke. no ramps his teeth were knocked out he was basically beaten luncheons and mutilated. to death. so here's where my mind starts to get there's no hair d.n.a.
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prints from kiersten found at the crime scene there's no skin cells can you imagine he lost sixty and they're saying that she didn't even lose the hair off her head the forensics tell you the complete lack of any evidence of her ever being here to me now you've got a huge problem. what investigators did have was a confession by kierston lab otto along with circumstantial evidence linking her to the crime. prosecutors reviewed the case and decided to offer lobato a three year plea deal which she rejected. frankly it was stunning you know she was in a lot of trouble it was a big risk for her i mean a huge risk because in nevada a first degree murder conviction is an automatic by sentence were you in july. i was an america where you and your children you know i don't know. this is one of those cases were you can't help but feel sorry for the defendant and
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you also can't help but think that there's a compelling argument for innocence there's no physical evidence that links the person about a c i mean none but they ran into a buzz saw and bill kept are. multiple stab wounds multiple head wounds multiple. multiple defensive. bill kept part was a very good prosecutor he was all over her and really questioning everything she said and was trying to make her look like a liar is it self-defense to walk away after cutting it. all back to death. or is a premeditation he was just on top of it and really went after her statements to the police statement then. was. i don't think anybody would miss somebody like that.
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and i'm down jordan in doha with the top stories here on the al-jazeera the u.s. is withdrawing from the united nations human rights council accusing it of hypocrisy and a chronic bias against israel donald trump's administration has long threatened to quit if the rights but it was not reformed the united states is officially withdrawing from the un human rights council in doing so i want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from human rights commitments on the contrary we take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes
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of talks between the government and protesters failed. at least two people died in the city of messiah after police and paramilitaries confronted demonstrators earlier protest leaders abandoned talks mediated by the catholic church the opposition's accusing the government of not keeping its promises to invite international monitors to investigate the violence which began in april. and canada has become the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana the federal government could issue licenses within eight to twelve weeks for producers to sell kind of this people will be able to grow up to four plants well those are the headlines the news continues here on al-jazeera after the system full confession stage of cancer watching by fidel.
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it's. the most surreal. the on. the a list. it's the first solo. a. to. really do in july. i was in america where you're just
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in connection with your children you know i don't know. there's no physical evidence that links personal about oh i mean not bill kept part is a very good prosecutor he was all over and really questioning everything she said and was trying to make her look like a liar is it self-defense to walk away after cutting a person's fingers off and go back on going to death. i was of a meditation he was just top of it and really went after her statements to the police statement then. was. i think anybody would miss somebody like that. that was where the trial really turned you know there was doubt in the air. and when she got on the witness stand she struggled that's not to say that you know. she didn't stick to
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her story she did she just wasn't a great witness first you have a young lady who said she was the victim of an attempted rape and then hughes a knife to stab someone in their genitals yet there was never any police report filed no one was ever reported to the hospitals was such a wound basically the only person we have to verify this account is muscle bato you can see that something's not right and something doesn't add up. imagine if you had done something like this and you wanted to come clean about it or you couldn't keep it inside anymore but you couldn't admit you did so you come up with an ancillary kind of similar scenario but you're not really admitting to what you did that there was a justifiable. missler bato as proclaimed her innocence from the very beginning . and so the defense rolled the dice rejected the plea agreement and taken their
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chances and gone to trial and they lost. the possibility that she didn't do this. is it possible she's innocent yes it is. is it likely that she's going to get out of prison. i don't think so. you have to have strong arms to drive this thing but i always thought i was at. yes and then i found out you know that i can't carry the whole world and that kind of was a shock to a guy like me because i always had their control of everything when my daughter got arrested i found out how little control actually. in all reality there was a number of emotions that go through something like this you feel ashamed but not ashamed of your child you feel ashamed of yourself because you know what could i have done different i had all this faith in the system and believed that the truth
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would prevail and everything would just be fixed and and it didn't and when it didn't i didn't see things the same anymore i felt that the whole system had failed us and that's when the gates of hell opened up we that's when it started to spiral that mean it was drugs everything every day and alcohol person each other away and push enjoy it away and fighting in the one who doesn't david pay a lot for it dogs is ashley and i i feel bad about that. because she missed out on a lot of things because we were stuck in time or we were stuck on drugs or we were battling and fighting and doing all the craziness and she's the one who paid the price for it to. kind of film helpless in what way she's in there and you can't get her out.
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what's this done to you when you're from whom. never going to be the same. i was there i know she wasn't there. and nobody would listen. to. you. so tell me were were happy so i intended to kill manhattan up college i will be discussing my arrest and
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conviction in time to present a fine of bunch of social justice people college students. when you give presentations like this as it's for a motions and one hand it's cathartic but that all comes with a price i mean less my experience you know emotion i submit to you know i'm i'm remembering. really get tense moments in you know dramatic moments of my life. during his years in prison jeffrey deskovic fought an exhaustive legal battle. often alone writing dozens of letters and filing petitions. it was essentially begging prosecutors to retest herron semen samples recovered from the victim in the case angela correia.
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he was reading about how codice and you know the d.n.a. databases and you know he just wanted at some point for that to be put in there because maybe the real killer who be identified you know we hadn't done it the district attorney during deskovic cigars aeration was jeanine pirro best known these days as a television judge. pirro consistently denied deskovic so request for a d.n.a. database comparison and no court would order her to change her opinion. deskovic was starting to lose hope. my lowest day i learn that i lost my petition for avis corpus i seeking to have my conviction overturned in federal court i'm argue my innocence martin d.n.a. and the decision comes back that i've lost because the court clerk. rule that my paperwork arrived forty slate. and i get this news while
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i'm in the special housing unit i'm in the box because i defended myself against people who wanted to kill me because in their minds i was a rapist. my main reaction to that i wanted to commit suicide at that point. when inmates like deskovic run out of legal options often it's up to the local district attorneys to reinvestigate. without their consent cases can sit for years . finally in january two thousand and six when pirro left her job to run as new york's attorney general he caught a break. once the innocence project got involved they went to the new district attorney. and they asked for the testing she said yeah let's go ahead and test it that was in the summer of two thousand and six within weeks d.n.a. analysis matched the semen recovered from the rape kit to a prisoner named steven cunningham jonathan bandler tracked cunningham down and got
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him to talk about his encounter with angela correia how did it. with the. police during in. what was it. what did she do you. know. enough to know. cunningham was serving a life sentence for murdering a schoolteacher in one thousand nine hundred three four years after he raped and murdered angela guerrero. and of course that murder might have been prevented right sure. actually after that we came back we show the video to jeff. and jeff was very upset because cunningham had said that he didn't realize anybody had had gone to prison for that killing. on september twentieth two thousand and six after spending
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half of his life behind bars thirty two year old jeffrey deskovic walked out of prison a free man there was a long time that i felt that this day would actually never called and in a way it still doesn't really feel real that hasn't hasn't fully hit me at this point. do you think that the police really believed they were bringing in the right suspect this is not a good faith error on the part of the police officers they they knew the coercion that went on and then when you think about the fact that he d.n.a. did not match me seven months before trial the re results of that argument that was a good faith out of the bottom drops out of that it was intentional. westchester county district attorney janet di fiore commissioned a report that broke down the systemic failings that led to desk of x. conviction and offered suggestions for reform they pointed out there were clear
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problems with prosecution clear problems with police. initially the first one was tunnel vision. the police had this profile once they had this kid who matched it who was inserting himself into the investigation. that's all they looked at they didn't look at anybody else. once the arrest was made the prosecution also had the tunnel vision they were going to go with that confession they weren't going to let this d.n.a. road bump stop them at all. they definitely took liberties that fuels his conviction. and deskovic is making the system pay for its mistakes. he filed lawsuits against the city of peekskill westchester county in the state of new york . deskovic settled those cases for thirteen point seven million dollars used some of the money to earn a master's degree in criminal justice and most importantly he started a foundation to help the wrongfully convicted.
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so when you do this stuff and you get nervous or near i always get i always get nervous yeah i was get nervous and i was feel like you know not worthy and you know sometimes even question what i'm doing actually how can you feel that wherever you went through hell. and you inspire others you know you're right but you're right. once in a while i have a little i have a brief moment of self-doubt yeah i guess we all go i guess sure. i've interviewed a lot of people who have been wrongfully convicted and the thing that amazes me about people in that situation is the lack of bitterness the desire to do good things with their life spite being falsely convicted and that is the case with every desk the work that deskovic is doing with his foundation is pretty amazing he's really trying to turn his life around. and evening everybody. i need some more energy in the room one more time in unison so in our unity symbolic of the work
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we're going to do in the cause of justice fighting wrongful convictions in unisons please everybody along with me good evening everybody. this is in las vegas care still about us case has remarkable similarities to desk of x. when she was granted a second trial in two thousand and six her new defense team could not convince the court to conduct d.n.a. tests on critical pieces of evidence evidence that could potentially point to another suspect the judge looked at all the evidence in the case and said no there is no reasonable possibility that any of the evidence in this case that were tested for d.n.a. could result in an exoneration of personal bottle but this is not a d.n.a. case it's a confession case personal bottle confessed to this murder. bato was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sexual penetration of a corpse or sentence thirteen to twenty five years. by two thousand and twelve
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lobato was running out of legal options then a new district attorney steve wolfson was appointed he had little connection to the case. now lobato supporters are pressing him to take action and they're getting help from one of the country's top experts jeffrey deskovic yeah i just want you to update to the what's taken place with the case just got. clark county i'm going up there monday to actually have. our main goal with that is to you know push the agenda in a test. where we cannot have a. right to point that out. in a day it's not ok wasn't the d.n.a.
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this isn't just a proud pearson's and it's a it's about finding the real killers they did not find any have pierced the blood of augustine at the scene and the d.n.a. that was at the scene has not been tested. here's what they didn't test and bailey was dead in the alley and they did a rape kit assault kit on his rectum and they found stuff you know they didn't test to see whose it was i tell you what it's not going to be it's not going to be semen from kiersten. there were cigarette butts in the. cigarette butts are great places for d.n.a. not just because your fingers touch them but because your saliva touches them are testing those would not be interesting to find out of if the cigarette butts were similar d.n.a. to what was found inside the victim it's been ten years technology has advanced those traces can now point to who did this and yet they still refuse to test
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one. after years of negotiation his defense team has finally secured a private meeting with clark county district attorney steve wolfson former f.b.i. investigator steve morris on and to present his findings. one of things that i think that may take a. pressure i will sense an extent with maybe he might listen or is that he wasn't the head of the set at his time you're not city of killing him in any way like saying hey this is what you walked in to look at and that is the truth he had nothing to do with this everything i've heard or experienced with steve wilson shows me to be at least so far that he is a reasonable man and i don't think he is the concrete is dry in his mind about this case i agree everyone else. in new york jeffrey deskovic may be free from a prison cell but in many ways he remains deeply affected by what the system did to
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him. some of the afflictions that have had to wrestle with included overcoming panic attacks anxiety attacks becoming frightened if i simply saw a police officer on the street lets the speech is a chance to share the stage with recent exonerations. innocent men who served time in the best of it justly pleads for justice he pleads for those who are still imprisoned innocent men and women who are losing the prime of their years not only did he buy me the clothes of but he shared with me a housing. he has an apartment in in mn and which he insisted in housing me for about six months. professor thank you deskovic foundation investigates both d.n.a. and non d.n.a. cases they dig up key witnesses and arrange legal assistance for indigent prisoners
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and every chance he gets deskovic pushes back against a system that took away the prime years of his life we need to videotape interrogations for false confessions have been the cause of awful conventions in the twenty five percent of the three hundred eleven d.n.a. proven awful convictions across the country we need to roll back the doctrine of prosecutorial immunity once an arrest has been me there is nothing to restrain rogue prosecutors from engaging in misconduct and therefore they should face criminal charges and have to serve at least as much data remasters ask thank you for what you want people to know about your situation essential points i'd like people to know about my case is that i had never been arrested for anything but i was not
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a high school drop out and that if the police want to talk to you then even if you're going to send you should insist on them providing with a lawyer if you think that safe to talk to the police without benefit of a lawyer just because you're innocent i need to do is look at me and know that that's not true it happened to me and it can happen to anybody tried to run off. in las vegas j b f m anina and steve moore finally get the face to face meeting with the d.a.'s office. reset the stage for them to understand the other building. don't say you know you should really don't want that because i'm going to be saying do you have. opportunity unless you're very careful to be quite yet you come out and say hey this isn't all of better built by the second. hour cameras were not allowed into the meeting over the next two hours j.b.
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and steve advocate on behalf of cures to live bato arguing in favor of new d.n.a. testing on case evidence trying to convince steve wilson to reconsider the state's case. it was. more confrontational than i expected. to see hear me finish a sentence one time he said and we're not here to and i said stonewall. unfortunately steve wolfson decided not to attend the meeting instead three assistant prosecutor sat in on his behalf there was absolutely no meeting of the mind. outside of a short conversation on football they hold on to their belief that they are right we hold on to our knowledge that they're wrong law for instance he left for a talk about talk about d.n.a. testing he what's the statute this is the legal statute this says we can do when we
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can't and i say just between us you know that you have the power outside the box and go outside the box right he didn't like to see them plays kirstin was to be released in six months it was what led him to make a deal what if he got out of parole and six months when he said he was to be careful as i understand he said with that stock as you love doing what you're doing now i said absolutely does to work they're still going to clear her name this is not justice. we asked steve wilson to comment on this story he turned down our request we got in touch with thomas townsend the lead detective in the case also declined to comment bill kept part the prosecutor in both trials is now a judge he did not respond to our phone calls.
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ok now this down on the low. ok yeah that's good you can turn it off. my plan is to fix this truck up. and then get another one that's very similar and put a little bit of me into it and then of course when the time comes let the girls play with the trucks they'll flip a coin or however it is to see who gets what do you forsee a day that she's going to get out of there and come walking straight into your house absolutely that day when i can finally have my family in my house. all having an actual meal together instead of eating out of a. vending machine that's a day i've been waiting for and now i just you know i try to stay in pretty decent shape and i eat right and my objective is to stay alive long enough to see are free . if everything goes well. she could
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be free in as little as eight years. she's been down for twelve. if the truth ever comes out and she should be set free today just as hasn't been served because whoever actually did this crime is still free. we're probably running out of time so this is maybe my last question is it hard to like know that there's an effort going on outside but you just have to kind of keep to the day to day of your existence and hard and often hard to be a marsh truly gifted i mean on. there i think. i got it right and i think ok well maybe they're going to be. going on. and i have to track my. care benefit. to rack out here because. yeah well we wish you the best anything you
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want to say before we go here's my say blazer to awesome job and keep your head up look at you but you think i'm the only good night. and ceremoniously. heartbreak again is. examining mandatory sentencing in the u.s. if the state of florida requires the rest of my life in here as a tradeoff for my family's life. if a defendant goes to trial the judge has no option but to give the mandatory minimum they were complying with this judge gives you five years and this judge gives you twenty years so the legislature to make a difference exploring the dark side of the american justice system with job. on al jazeera.
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hello again as we look at weather conditions across the levant and western parts of asia we've still got some showers in eastern areas without sharing the southern side of the caspian sea but otherwise it's looking fine looking pretty woman tehran at thirty five now a hot one in baghdad forty two we've got some heavy showers affecting parts of turkey through into georgia and armenia says the fine conditions around the eastern side of the military should be another fine day in beirut with highs of twenty seven degrees heading down into the arabian peninsula on the western side it's looking fine and hot with forty five degrees a mix of both mecca medina here in qatar we've got some fairly brisk winds over the next few days but it doesn't invisible it's not great but temperatures still up at forty three degrees celsius so let's head across into southern parts of africa where it's looking fine it's bright all the way not quite as cold as it has been for johannesburg where if i had significant nighttime frosts but otherwise fine
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