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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Paul Cortez / Catherine Wood Case

The Wrongful Conviction of Paul Cortez

The Paul Cortez Defense Fund:
  • Paul Cortez was represented by two low-budget attorneys who were held in contempt of court for missing the first three days of trial. After the trial, it was discovered that Paul’s attorney was being prosecuted on drug smuggling charges by the same District Attorney who was prosecuting Paul.
  • Inexplicably, Paul’s attorneys did not perform any DNA testing on numerous pieces of evidence, call a single forensic expert or hire a private investigator to explore the inconsistencies and questions in order to construct a basic and standard defense for Paul. A prime example being that despite the fact that Paul has dark brown hair and the murder victim had brown hair as well, Paul’s attorneys did not request a DNA analysis on the blond hairs found intertwined between the victim’s fingers.
The Johnsville News:
The Catherine Woods Case: Was Paul Cortez imprisoned for a murder he did not commit?

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