Capstones

Graduation Date

Winter 12-18-2015

First Advisor

Jarrett Murphy

Subject Concentration

Health & Science

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

This article examines a case in criminal law that started 17 years ago and has yet to be resolved. Despite a plethora of mounting evidence, including a confession, more than a dozen witnesses, a proven false alibi, impeaching evidence against police and DNA evidence, Bronx-born Angel Cordero's conviction has yet to be overturned. The article breaks down what went wrong in the initial trial, discusses Cordero's multiple appeals and takes a broader look at what needs to change in today's judicial system.

labreport.pdf (429 kB)
DNA evidence: Rivas's clothes did not have the victim's blood. State Medical Examiner's Office

Samplesaff (1).pdf (166 kB)
DNA evidence letter, State Medical Examiner's Office

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Civilian Complaint Review Board records against two of the four police witnesses against Cordero.

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Dario Rodriguez's four-page sworn statement confessing to Cordero's crime. Dated Nov. 28, 2006

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Jason Mercado's letter which the court denied as Rosario material.

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