Snyder says she gave Robert Nelson’s sister a copy of a motion last year from a different case in which a defendant successfully requested DNA testing. Nelson, who was convicted in 1984 of raping a woman and robbing her, previously filed two motions for DNA tests that were denied because they didn’t meet technical requirements.
Nelson was freed June 12 after DNA tests ruled him out as 1 of the rapists in the 1983 attack.
I understand that courts have to have rules but this really seems to be a case of the end justifying the means. Obviously Snyder had some idea that an innocent man was sitting in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. She knew she had the information his lawyers would need to start the process of getting him acquitted. She also waited until he had already filed to previous motions for DNA tests and had been denied. Was she just supposed to sit by and be complicit in an innocent man being locked away in prison for a crime he didn’t commit?
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