Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Virginia: Request

Governor Tim Kaine has still yet another hot clemency application on his desk. Aleck Carpitcher was convicted as a child molester in 1999 and given a 38-year sentence. The jury had originally recommended a sentence of over 70 years. But now, Carpitcher's accuser (who was 11 years old at the time) is reported to have confessed that she "made up the allegations because she was angry at Carpitcher for spending so much time with her mother." In fact, the girl originally recanted her accusations a mere nine months after Carpitcher (aka inmate no. 276923) was convicted. A polygraph test has also supported the recantation. See story here.

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