The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of a man who has spent nearly two decades on death row, saying his lawyer mangled an alibi defense and calling into question the evidence used to convict him. The ineffective assistance of counsel ruling in Alcala v. Woodford came a day after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of a man whose lawyer failed to present information on his childhood to the jury as mitigating evidence.
9th Circuit Flips Death Conviction, Faults Defense
July 2, 2003