Wrongfully Convicted Man Sues San Francisco
In 1993 Maurice Caldwell was convicted in San Francisco Superior Court of murder. He was alleged to have shot a man by the name of Judy Acosta in San Francisco’s Alemany public housing project. After a trial, Maurice Caldwell was sentenced to a penalty of 27 years to life imprisonment.
Mr. Caldwell exhausted his appellate rights when his case was taken on by the Northern California Innocence Project. The Northern California Innocence Project is based at Santa Clara University. According to their website, the advocacy group’s mission is to “create a more just and humane world through working to exonerate innocent prisoners and pursue legal reforms that address the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions.”
The Northern California Innocence Project argued that Mr. Caldwell had ineffective assistance of counsel when he was convicted and that his murder conviction was based on the testimony of an unreliable witness. After 21 years of imprisonment, Superior Court Judge Charles Haines initially ruled to overturn Mr. Caldwell’s conviction. After prosecutors discovered that some of the exhibits from his 1993 trial had been destroyed, the same judge entered an order that the case could not be retried.
Mr. Caldwell’s civil rights suit names city of San Francisco and several police officers who were part of the original investigation, as defendants.
Unfortunately “Maurice Caldwell was deprived of the one thing all innocent people deserve: freedom,” according to the language of the lawsuit. Freedom is so precious and we often forget to treasure it until its lost. If you or a loved one are being investigated or accused by law enforcement and face the potential of losing your freedom, call our Bay Area Criminal Defense Attorneys in San Francisco at (415)946-4020 or in Contra Costa at (925)335-6444.