Loyola's Project for the Innocent secures the release of a man wrongfully convicted of murder
Loyola Law School's Project for the Innocent successfully argued that Kash Delano Register, 53, was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1979. On Thursday, Nov. 7, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Katherine Mader found at the conclusion of a hearing conducted at L.A.’s Airport Courthouse that Register’s due process rights were violated by the prosecution’s failure to disclose exculpatory evidence and its use of false testimony at trial. Register had claimed his innocence before the parole board on 11 different occasions, but was denied parole each time. On Friday, Nov. 8, he walked out of L.A.'s Twin Towers Correctional Facility and was greeted by the Loyola attorneys and students who helped secure his release.
“We are grateful and delighted that Mr. Register has finally obtained justice and will get his life back after this 34-year nightmare,” said Professor Laurie Levenson, the David W. Burcham Professor of Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Law School who oversees Loyola’s Project for the Innocent. Adjunct Professor Lara Bazelon, the project’s director, added, “We could not be happier for our client, a person of amazing strength and moral conviction who has steadfastly maintained his innocence for almost three and a half decades.”
Read about the story in the Los Angeles Times here.
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The Project for the Innocent is investigating another wrongful conviction case of Maria Mendez, whom a court found guilty of assault on her nine-month-old grandson which led to his death.
The question at stake is whether the child died as a result of "Shaken Baby Syndrome" which medical experts disagree on.
Read about the Project for the Innocent's role in her case in LA Weekly here.