Exonerated Death Row Inmates Share Their Stories
GAINESVILLE- They were convicted of murder and spent years on death row before ultimately being found innocent of their accused crimes. On Sunday, two former death row inmates shared their stories about florida's judicial system with gainesville residents.
In the lates 90's, Seth Penalver was found guilty of a triple murder in Broward County. He spent about 18 years in prison and 6 years on death row, but was finally released after new evidence was presented that had been withheld during his trial. Penalver said, "What I think is broken about it is when you zealous prosecutors, state attorneys, or law enforcement officers that will do anything and everything to get a conviction, minus if they have the right or wrong person, that they will just go forward with it."
Penalver hopes one day legislation will be passed that would make it illegal for both prosecutors and law enforcement officials to withhold evidence that could prove a person's innocence.
The state of Florida has the highest rate of wrongful death row convictions with 24 overturned cases to date.
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