Thursday, August 3, 2017

PA conviction overturned, witness lied and DA knew it

An appeals court has overturned the 1998 conviction of a New York man in a fatal Pennsylvania shooting, saying a witness lied, and prosecutors knew it, resulting in an unfair trial, reported The Associated Press.
Erie County, Pennsylvania prosecutors must now decide whether to retry 48-year-old Vance Haskell in the 1994 slaying of Darrell Cooley at Jethroe's Steakhouse in Erie or let Haskell go free from the life sentence he's serving.
Haskell was convicted of first-degree murder after the woman claimed she saw the Rochester, New York man shoot at Cooley 11 times with an Uzi-like machine gun.
Haskell's attorney argued before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March that she lied by telling a jury she got nothing in return for her testimony. They contend Erie County prosecutors helped her get probation for an unrelated retail theft conviction in a neighboring county.
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