DA candidate Chesa Boudin proposes dedicated unit to investigate wrongful convictions

 

For more than six years, Jamal Trulove was locked up for a killing that he says he did not commit.

The former reality TV show contestant was convicted of murder in 2010 for the slaying of his friend at the Sunnydale housing projects. The case hinged on a witness who, his lawyers later showed, falsely identified him as the shooter.

But Trulove was not able to prove his innocence until 2015 when, after successfully appealing his conviction and facing a second round of charges in connection with the same killing, a jury acquitted him of murder.

Trulove has since settled a lawsuit with San Francisco for $13.1 million after another jury found that police had framed him.

On Tuesday, district attorney candidate Chesa Boudin used the case as an example of the wrongs that could be prevented if prosecutors had a unit focused solely on investigating “credible claims of innocence.”

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