On January 21, 2014, Paul’s case was dealt both a setback and step forward. On the positive side, the New York Court of Appeals reversed two legal rulings of the trial court.
New York has the third highest number of wrongful convictions overturned by DNA evidence. Yet it lags behind in enacting reforms that would prevent innocent people from being wrongly convicted.
In his Charles Smith Blog, journalist and lawyer Harold Levy exposes flaws and flawed forensic scientists. His latest entry focuses on the “bloody” fingerprint used to convict Paul Cortez and the fallibility in the process of obtaining that print.
Dr. Cornel West, the scholar, public intellectual, philosopher, critic, pastor, and civil rights activist, recently offered his name in support of Paul Cortez.
Actress Claire Danes supports Paul Cortez’s fight for Justice.