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Without The Coerced Confession, Adrian Thomas Acquitted

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.... At the start of the trial, in a surprise move, the prosecution produced a jailhouse informant to testify against Adrian Thomas.  William Terry wrote letters to prosecutors about 5 years earlier (prior to Thomas's first trial) claiming various jail-mates had confessed crimes to him, including Thomas.  Terry wasn't called in the original trial, and this time prosecutors claimed they had forgotten all about Terry until the day before the trial started. 

As you might expect, Terry wanted a deal for leniency on pending charges, something prosecutors disclaimed in front of the judge while trying to have Terry approved as a witness.

Later, the defense presented evidence that prosecutors had negotiated a deal for Terry, but the judge didn't sanction prosecutors for their false assurances....

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