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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-07-09 08:19 PM
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34. Nothing mysterious about it- it's a well known incident
Edited on Wed Jan-07-09 08:23 PM by depakid
Public fury over the governors alleged misconduct has masked the once lively debate over Burris' decision to continue to prosecute the wrong man despite the objections of one of his top prosecutors for a high-profile murder case.

While state attorney general in 1992, Burris aggressively sought the death penalty for Rolando Cruz, who twice was convicted of raping and murdering a 10-year-old girl in the Chicago suburb of Naperville. The crime took place in 1983.

But by 1992, another man had confessed to the crime, and Burris own assistant attorney general was pleading with Burris to drop the case, then on appeal before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Burris refused. He was running for governor.

"Anybody who understood this case wouldnt have voted for Burris," Rob Warden, executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, told ProPublica. Indeed, Burris lost that race, and two other attempts to become governor.

Burris role in the Cruz case was "indefensible and in defiance of common sense and common decency," Warden said. "There was obvious evidence that Cruz was innocent."


Assistant attorney general Mary Brigid Kenney agreed, and eventually resigned rather than continue to prosecute Cruz.

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Kenney was not alone in her beliefs. Prior to Cruz 1985 trial, the lead detective in the case resigned in protest over prosecutors' handling of the case, according to news reports at the time.

And rather than argue Burris case before the state supreme court, Kenney also stepped down.

"What I took away was that Burris wasnt going to do anything to seem soft on crime," Kenney said. "He didnt have the guts."

In her resignation letter, Kenney claimed Burris had "seen fit to ignore the evidence in this case."

"I cannot sit idly by as this office continues to pursue the unjust prosecution of Rolando Cruz," she wrote. "I realized that I was being asked to help execute an innocent man."

http://www.propublica.org/article/in-90s-burris-sought-...


This guy deserves time in Club Fed- not Club Senate.
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