Monday, October 24, 2011

Leonel Torres Herrera #702; May 12, 1993

I am innocent, innocent, innocent. Make no mistake about this; I owe society nothing. Continue the struggle for human rights, helping those who are innocent, especially Mr. Graham. I am an innocent man, and something very wrong is taking place tonight. May God bless you all. I am ready.

Additional Information from the Crime and Capital Punishment Forum. When Herrera took his case to the Supreme Court, hoping to show that new evidence could prove his "actual innocence", the court refused to acknowledge that actual innocence is grounds for habeas relief. Justice Blackmun, in his dissent, wrote "The execution of a person who can show that he is innocent comes perilously close to simple murder." See the full decision here.

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