Circuit Judge John D. Galluzzo has dismissed all charges and exonerated Clemente Aguirre-Jarquin after prosecutors announced today, in the middle of jury selection, that they will not proceed with his retrial. Clemente spent nearly 15 years behind bars — including 10 on Florida’s Death Row. Read more and view videos here.
Kudos to The Innocence Project and the dedicated team of attorneys who donated their time and worked for years to make this possible.
“Mr. Aguirre was nearly executed for a crime he didn’t commit,” said Joshua Dubin, one of Aguirre’s lead trial attorneys.
This is the 28th Death Row exoneration in Florida since executions resumed in the 1970’s. One wonders how many more innocent people remain on Florida’s Death Row and how many other innocent men and women have already been executed. We will never know for sure. By state statute, the evidence is destroyed after an execution.
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