Defending the innocent is pressure. It’s what keeps me up at night. I was happy to see that the House passed a bill awarding $1.35 million to yet another wrongfully convicted innocent man. 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. William Dillon is a free man. Or is he? Prosecutors are supposed to pursue justice, not get a conviction at all costs. From the Post:
Dillon, 52, who lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., was convicted of the 1981 murder of James Dvorak in Brevard County’s Canova Beach. Witnesses placed him near the murder scene and his alibi didn’t stand up to a jury.
It wasn’t until 2005 that the Innocence Project, which works to free those thought to be wrongfully convicted, was directed to his case.
DNA testing of a bloody shirt that prosecutors said was worn by the victim showed Dillon was not the killer.
After he won a new trial, prosecutors dropped charges against him, saying they didn’t have sufficient evidence or witnesses to pursue the case.
Some of the original witnesses against Dillon testified only after Brevard County prosecutors threatened them with jail time for other crimes, researchers found.