A Latrobe man who served 25 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of a pair of homicides was freed on appeal in September 2011 after a federal court overturn the conviction. Now seeking to ensure that he does not have to face trial on the homicides again, the man and his attorney are asking a western Pennsylvania court to formally dismiss the charges against him.
The conviction of a Pittsburgh man on charges that he shot and killed a woman in 1994 was based on the false testimony of a prosecution witness, jurors in the defendant's retrial ruled on Sep. 12. The not guilty verdict means the man will soon be freed from prison for the first time in 17 years.
When defending against federal white collar crime charges, an important aspect of the case is the loss calculation. The potential sentences defendants face often depend on this loss calculation, which considers the amount of financial harm caused by financial or economic crimes.
In a criminal case, it often appears that the deck is stacked in favor of the prosecution. After all, the prosecution tends to have greater access to evidence and witnesses than the defense. One of the ways our system tries to level the playing field is by requiring prosecutors to give defendants access to evidence that might help exonerate them. This type of evidence is often referred to as exculpatory evidence.