The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Tuesday in Smith v. Cain to overturn the conviction of Juan Smith due to the New Orleans District Attorney’s office withholding material evidence from the defense. Smith was convicted of murder largely on the testimony of one eyewitness. However, the District Attorney’s office had statements from the witness that indicated he had not properly identified Smith, which was not turned over to Smith and his defense during the proceedings.
For full article see JURIST – Paper Chase: Supreme Court overturns conviction due to DA withholding evidence.
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