David Thorne’s conviction was based entirely on the false confession of Joseph Wilkes, who was intimidated by detectives and threatened with the death penalty. Joe has since recanted
Saturday, April 13, 2013
According to Brady v Maryland, all exculpatory evidence must be turned over to the defense by the prosecution. If the prosecution withholds evidence and they convict the defendent, he can appeal the verdict based on the Brady violation. The problem with that scenario is, you're appealing your conviction to the Judge that presided over your trial and believed you were guilty in the first place.