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Fight Continues to Free Innocent Man, Joseph Buffey

Submitted by on Wed, 13/11/13 - 04:37

Allan N. Karlin & Associates, together with the Innocence Project, is hopeful in their appeal of the June 3, 2014 Harrison County Circuit Court decision denying Joseph Buffey's Habeas Petition.  "We feel optimistic that the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia will have a more objective view of this case and eventually set him free," said Allan N. Karlin.  Buffey has been in prison since December 6, 2001, for pleading guilty to the rape of  an elderly woman.  Unfortunately, however, "the criminal justice system's reliance on guilty pleas has resulted in far too many people pleading guilty to crimes they didn't commit," said Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project.  Despite the fact that the court accepted Buffey's guilty plea before the analysis of the DNA evidence in 2002 – which conclusively excludes him as a donor – and despite the fact that because of this Habeas Petition and the advances in DNA science the true perpetrator has been identified, Buffey remains imprisoned, biding his time until justice prevails.

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