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Carlos DeLuna Wrongfully Executed In Texas, Says Report

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In 1989, Carlos DeLuna was executed for stabbing a gas station clerk to death in Corpus Christi. But a new report by Columbia University law professor James Liebman says that DeLuna was the wrong man.

According to Liebman, DeLuna was put to death after a “very incomplete investigation.”

Liebman said:

“I would say that across the board, there was nonchalance… It looked like a common case, but we found that there was a very serious claim of innocence. Everything went wrong in this case.”

The report, entitled “Los Tocayos Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution,” points out several missteps in the case. Liebman said that the eye witness accounts of the murder contradicted each other. The photographs showed that the killer would most likely have blood on their pants and shoes but DeLuna’s clothes were clean. Police also failed to track down Carlos Hernandez, a man who bore a striking resemblance to DeLuna and who had the reputation of using a knife.

The AFP also notes that DeLuna didn’t fit the description of the killer. One eyewitness account said that the killer had a mustache and was wearing a grey flannel shirt. DeLuna was clean shaven and wearing a dress shirt when he was arrested. Another report said that the killer fled to the north. DeLuna was caught and arrested east of the crime scene.

Liebman’s report says that DeLuna was wrongfully executed. But DeLuna wasn’t the only person to die from his wrongful conviction. Hernandez, who most likely committed the murder that sent DeLuna to death row, stabbed a woman to death several years later.

Liebman writes:

“Unfortunately, the flaws in the system that wrongfully convicted and executed DeLuna — faulty eyewitness testimony, shoddy legal representation and prosecutorial misconduct — continue to send innocent men to their death today.”

What do you think about the death penalty?

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15 Responses to “Carlos DeLuna Wrongfully Executed In Texas, Says Report”

  1. Mario Sanchez

    Death penalty should be executed only is some extreme cases where there is no doubts about the killer, judges that due to their faulty and incomplete jobs send people to the death penalty must be judged a killers, should be no impunity in these cases.
    http://www.engitek.com

  2. Lucy Peterson

    OMG howpatheticisthe usa? Myheart goes out tothispoormanandhisfamily…. fi wasthemiwouoldsuetheusaforthemostmoney evertobeoaid to a family of such a mis justice…SHAME on u america SHAME…..

  3. Gregory Garcia

    if you were an innocent person on death row you wouldn't say I know there are coldblooded f%$#@ers that are guilty as sin but if you Google innocent people on death row you'd be mortified this is just my opinion have a blessed day

  4. Gregory Garcia

    that should be the new death penalty if you stabbed shot or strangled a person the scumbag should die the same way NOT by lethal injection which takes 15 minutes :'(

  5. Dudley Sharp

    Carlos DeLuna: Another False Innocence Claim?
    Dudley Sharp

    No one can, responsibly, accept what the Liebman/DeLuna report says, without fully fact checking it, as well as evaluating bias.

    However, we can review the previous record of both Liebman and the anti death penalty movement and assert that a healthy skepticism would be merited and wise.

    What happened when folks took the time to fact check Liebman's prior opus, "A Broken System"? Take a look.

    "A Broken Study: A Review of 'A Broken System".
    http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2009/10/broken-study-review-of-broken-system.html

    Any good anti death penalty defense counsel, as Liebman, can make a convincing case, absent the prosecution's case and rebuttal. That is all we have, now.

    Possibly, at some point, this report will be fact checked, as these were:

    "The Innocent Executed: Deception & Death Penalty Opponents".
    http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/10/08/the-innocent-executed-deception–death-penalty-opponents–draft.aspx

    This is the perfect storm for anti death penalty folks. Both the "innocent" and "guilty" parties are dead and an, often, way too eager press plays defense mouthpiece for an anti death penalty report.

    Am I saying that this newest Liebman report is total BS, just another anti death penalty tome whereby the conclusions can either be easily rebutted or that stronger positions can be made for guilt, with a thorough review, as was the case with many prior such cases?

    No. But anyone would be a fool not to consider that possibility.

    Time will tell.

    and

    MORE ON DELUNA.

    "The DeLuna Deception: At the Death House Door" Can Rev. Carroll Pickett be trusted?"
    http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/01/30/fact-checking-is-very-welcome.aspx

    "Those closest to Carlos DeLuna case say Columbia Human Rights study doesn't raise new questions",
    http://www.caller.com/news/2012/may/16/those-closest-to-carlos-deluna-case-say-columbia/

    "Report questioning execution doesn't sway lawyers", MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press, May 16, 2012.
    http://www.chron.com/news/article/Report-questioning-execution-doesn-t-sway-lawyers-3564112.php

    FALSE INNOCENT CLAIMS.

    See Section B. The false innocence claims by anti death penalty activists are both blatant and legendary.

    within

    "The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives".
    http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2012/03/death-penalty-saving-more-innocent.html

  6. Dudley Sharp

    Carlos DeLuna: Another False Innocence Claim?
    Dudley Sharp

    No one can, responsibly, accept what the Liebman/DeLuna report says, without fully fact checking it, as well as evaluating bias.

    However, we can review the previous record of both Liebman and the anti death penalty movement and assert that a healthy skepticism would be merited and wise.

    What happened when folks took the time to fact check Liebman's prior opus, "A Broken System"? Take a look.

    "A Broken Study: A Review of 'A Broken System".
    http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2009/10/broken-study-review-of-broken-system.html

    Any journalist and, even more likely, any anti death penalty activist, as Prof. Liebman is, can write an article/paper which is highly biased and can turn the facts anyway they wish.

    Here is an example, which you should keep in mind:

    Cameron Todd Willingham: Media meltdown & the death penalty:"Trial by Fire: Did Texas execute an innocent man?", by David Grann.
    http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/10/04/cameron-todd-willingham-media-meltdown–the-death-penalty.aspx

    Any good anti death penalty defense counsel, as Liebman, can make a convincing case, absent the prosecution's case and rebuttal. That is all we have, now.

    Possibly, at some point, this report will be fact checked, as these were:

    "The Innocent Executed: Deception & Death Penalty Opponents".
    http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/10/08/the-innocent-executed-deception–death-penalty-opponents–draft.aspx

    This is the perfect storm for anti death penalty folks. Both the "innocent" and "guilty" parties are dead and an, often, way too eager press plays defense mouthpiece for an anti death penalty report.

    Am I saying that this newest Liebman report is just another anti death penalty tome whereby the conclusions can either be easily rebutted or that stronger positions can be made for guilt, with a thorough review, as was the case with many prior such cases?

    No. But anyone would be a fool not to consider that possibility.

    Time will tell.

    and

    MORE ON DELUNA.

    "The DeLuna Deception: At the Death House Door" Can Rev. Carroll Pickett be trusted?"
    http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/01/30/fact-checking-is-very-welcome.aspx

    "Those closest to Carlos DeLuna case say Columbia Human Rights study doesn't raise new questions",
    http://www.caller.com/news/2012/may/16/those-closest-to-carlos-deluna-case-say-columbia/

    "Report questioning execution doesn't sway lawyers", MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press, May 16, 2012.
    http://www.chron.com/news/article/Report-questioning-execution-doesn-t-sway-lawyers-3564112.php

    FALSE INNOCENT CLAIMS.

    See Section B. The false innocence claims by anti death penalty activists are both blatant and legendary.

    within

    "The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives".
    http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2012/03/death-penalty-saving-more-innocent.html

  7. Ilya Arkadiev

    what the hell are you talking about? This is innocent man killed. Are you retared? Where is eye for an eye here? There is innocent victim murdered and another innocent victim executed. Do you know how wrong is this on so many levels? This could be you or me, or anyone out here just dragged from the streets, wrongfully accused and convicted then executed.

  8. Ilya Arkadiev

    Do you have a problem if police dragged you off the street, wrongfully accused you and convicted you, then executed you after 14 years in solitary confinement?

  9. Ilya Arkadiev

    What the hell are you talking about? We have innocent man killed here and the worse of innocent victim as well who had no just treatment from the justice system. Worst of all the prime suspect murdered another victim while being free. This is wrong on all levels. How about the cops arrest you, put you through the show trial and execute you after several years in solitary confinement? How would you like that eye for an eye?