Attorneys lay out restitution case for exonerated man

  // Monday, 11 August 2014 23:52 //

Attorneys for Damon Thibodeaux, an exonerated former death row inmate now seeking restitution from the state, have formally laid out their case that he was coerced into falsely confessing to a rape and murder by Jefferson Parish interrogators who ignored contradictory statements and evidence that indicated he didn’t commit the crime.

In new court filings, which include the findings of a joint investigation between the New York-based Project Innocence and Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick, the attorneys also attack the testimony of two eyewitnesses and include the results of forensic tests that found none of Thibodeaux’s DNA at the crime scene.

Judge Lee Faulkner, of 24th Judicial District, ruled late last month that Thibodeaux needs to prove his “factual innocence” if he wants money from the state’s Innocence Compensation Fund. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office contends Thibodeaux was never proven factually innocent of the crime, as it says is required by state law.

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