Rebecca Kavanagh+ Your Authors @DrRJKavanagh Criminal Defense & Civil Rights Attorney, Writer, Legal & Media Analyst. @theappeal @nyulaw @sydneylawschool @sydney_uni. Sydney ✈️ NYC. she/her. Views my own. Oct. 15, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Elvis Brooks was released from prison today after serving 42 years of a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit, his conviction based solely on eyewitness testimony of 3 strangers.

The DA agreed to his release only if he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. https://www.wdsu.com/article/after-42-years-at-angola-man-who-maintains-his-innocence-freed-following-plea-deal/29475730 

There is overwhelming evidence of Mr. Brooks' innocence. He was 19 when he was convicted of armed robbery and murder. The robbery and murder occurred at a dimly lit bar.

3 White strangers identified Mr. Brooks from a photo array. The Black victims of the robbery did not.

Mr. Brooks had 12 alibi witnesses.

Fingerprints from beer cans held by the suspect did not match Mr. Brooks. This evidence was withheld from the defense - what is known as a Brady violation.

But despite all of this, the DA won't agree to vacate Mr. Brooks' conviction and to release him. They make him plead to manslaughter.

And of course Mr. Brooks does. They are holding his freedom over his head.


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