Monday, September 27, 2010

Rape Sentence Set Aside

The rape conviction of a deaf man has been set aside by a Texas judge. Stephen Brodie has spent a decade behind bars for the crime. Police interrogated him for 18 hours over eight days. Eventually Brodie confessed to the crime in exchange for a shorter stay in jail. He even confessed to a crime that interegators made up. An interpreter was present only half the time of the interrogation. After Brodie's conviction, police in Richardson found out a crime scene fingerprint matched a man convicted of assaulting another girl. But Brodie's attorney was never told of the finding. The judge's decision still must be approved by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals before he is released.