A man who spent half of is life in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit remembers Judge Sotomayor's decision to reject his appeal because paperwork from his lawyers arrived 4 days late. Had his appeal succeeded, he might have been spared an extra six years in prison.
From The Times:
“When we filed the appeal, I thought for sure that she and the other judge were going to see the facts of the case, that this wasn’t an error of my doing and that upholding a ruling like that would be a miscarriage of justice,” [Jeffrey} Deskovic said.
Mr. Deskovic — who since his release has graduated from college and enrolled in a master’s program in criminal justice — is not sure any other judge would have treated his appeal differently. But he wants his anger aired.
“To hear that a judge who put procedure over innocence could be moving to a higher court is very upsetting to me,” he said.