New Appeal Filed for Richard DiGuglielmo
On September 21, 2006, Richie's lawyer filed a new appeal
in his case. (Appeal PDF
Meanwhile, former District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, whom we believe racialized, in order to politicize, Richie's case, was in the news
on September 20th. That was the day she canceled a press conference, at Ground Zero, to proclaim her belief in the death penalty in contrast to her opponent for Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo. We believe Ms. Pirro had no choice but to cancel the press conference due to breaking news of the DNA/false-confession exoneration of Jeffery Deskovic
, a man who might be, inconveniently for her as well as him, dead today if there were still a death penalty in New York.
Regarding Ms. Pirro's position on the death penalty, we'll take her at her word. What she consistently makes us question is her position on the truth. Mr. Deskovic angrily recounted
to Newsday how he wrote to Ms. Pirro in 1997 after hearing she supported overturning wrongful convictions through DNA. Remarkably, according to Mr. Deskovic, Pirro didn't just ignore him but wrote him back "a very rude letter, the gist of which is, 'Mr. Deskovic, the DNA issue that you raise was considered by the jury which convicted you....There will be no prison interview.'"
Based on our experience, we're sad to say, we are not surprised to hear that Ms. Pirro displayed no more interest in the truth in Mr. Deskovic's case than she did in Richie's.www.richarddiguglielmo.org