The flaws in the system that condemned DeLuna — faulty eyewitness testimony, poor legal representation and evidence withheld from the defense — continue to put innocent people at risk of execution. Cameron Willingham, David Spence, Ruben Cantu, Larry Griffin, Gary Graham and Troy Davis are among those executed despite evidence that they were not guilty. What we don’t know is how many more, like Carlos DeLuna, have fallen through the cracks without ever being noticed.
James S. Liebman, professor of law at Columbia University and the lead author of “Los Tocayos Carlos”
DeLuna’s case first received attention with the moving and incisive series by Steve Mills and Maurice Possley for the Chicago Tribune and the release of Kartemquin’s 2008 film At the Death House Door- a look at the DeLuna case through the eyes of Carol Pickett, the prison chaplain turned anti-death penalty activist who walked him to his death.
Source: Los Angeles Times