News 09.20.10

California Man’s Freedom Hangs on a Legal Deadline

Bruce Lisker was freed last year after nearly a quarter-century in prison for allegedly killing his mother, a crime he has always maintained he didn’t commit. He was set free after a judge determined that most of the evidence used to convict him had been disproven or undermined.

Earlier this month, prosecutors filed a motion seeking to reinstate Lisker’s conviction because his attorneys missed a filing deadline years ago. Now, the prosecutors have asked a judge to delay any action on their request, and Lisker’s lawyers are accusing the state’s attorneys of “playing politics with an innocent man’s freedom.”

The L.A. Times reports on developments in Lisker’s case and the debate over whether there should be an “actual innocence exception” to legal deadlines.



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