Sireci v. Florida

Brief of Amicus Curiae The Innocence Network and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Appellant.

Brief filed: 06/18/2015

Documents

Sireci v. Florida

Supreme Court of Florida; Case No. SC15-307

Prior Decision

On appeal from the circuit court of the ninth judicial circuit, in and for Orange County, State of Florida.

Argument(s)

Flawed forensic evidence like that used to convict Mr. Sireci is scientifically invalid. Faulty forensic evidence and related false testimony have contributed to the convictions of innocent people. Forensic evidence plays a key role in wrongful convictions because such evidence is generally perceived as infallible. The hair comparison evidence used to convict Mr. Sireci has been discredited. Hair comparison evidence like that proffered against Mr. Sireci is false and has contributed to at least 75 wrongful convictions. The hair comparison evidence introduced through William Munroe and relied upon by the state was erroneous. The Court’s ruling in Duckett is not controlling. Mr. Sireci is entitled to post-conviction relief.

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Author(s)

Joseph C. O’Keefe, Russell L. Hirschhorn, and Adam W. Deitch, Proskauer Rose LLP, New York, NY; Seth Miller, The Innocence Network, Tallahassee, FL; Donald F. Samuel, Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C., Atlanta, GA.