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MoFo Helps Reverse 1994 Calif. Murder Conviction

Law360

30 Aug 2020

Law360 interviewed Stacey Sprenkel about her work helping to vacate the conviction of Arturo Jimenez, who was wrongfully found guilty of murder as a result of witness coercion and ineffective defense counsel.

“The fact that there was exculpatory evidence, that the detective changed testimony…this was all there at the time, if Arturo had had a lawyer who actually reviewed the record,” Stacey said. “Those errors cost him 25 years of his life.”

Stacey, who represented Mr. Jimenez with a MoFo pro bono team that included Dan Marmalefsky, Rommy Flores, and Ian Bausback, also told Law360 that the length to which prosecutors went to secure a conviction in this case demonstrates much of what’s wrong with the justice system.

“Your aim as a prosecutor should not be to successfully prosecute somebody,” she said. “Obviously that’s an additional purpose, but what you’re ultimately doing is trying to find what happened.”

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