Deskovic speaks out against Sotomayor

Great SCOTUS-related story from my colleague Jonathan Bandler in today’s Journal News.

Sonia Sotomayor, the federal appeals judge now nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court, is getting criticized for upholding the conviction now-exonerated prisoner Jeffrey Deskovic.

Deskovic spent nearly 16 years in prison for a Peekskill murder he did not commit.

In April 2000, Sotomayor and a colleague on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Deskovic’s appeal because his lawyer submitted the paperwork four days late in 1997. Deskovic was finally exonerated in 2006 of the 1989 murder of  15-year-old Angela Correa, after DNA tests matched inmate Stephen Cunningham, who confessed to the crime.

“She put procedure over justice,” Deskovic said. “We’re talking about a man’s life.”

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Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.