Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

On February 4, 1983, Wanda Lopez was stabbed to death in a Texas gas station. Corpus Christi police arrested Carlos Deluna for the crime. A jury convicted Deluna for the murder five months later and Deluna was executed for the crime in December 1989.

This week, nearly 30 years after Wanda Lopez’s death, a new investigation into Deluna’s conviction and execution poses serious questions about Deluna’s guilt, and challenges the fairness of our justice system. James Liebman, professor at Columbia Law School and author of the report, believes that police arrested the wrong Carlos — that Carlos Hernandez, an acquaintance of Deluna's with a long history of violence against women, committed the crime. Hernandez died in prison in 1999. The title of Liebman's report is "Los Tocayos Carlos," meaning "the namesake Carlos."

Liebman says investigations like Los Tocayos Carlos, along with the work of organizations like the Innocence Project, are changing Americans' opinions on the death penalty. He discusses Carlos Deluna's case and the broader judicial issues associated with the execution of an innocent man.


James Liebman

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

Dudley Sharp from Houston Tx

Carlos DeLuna: Another False Innocence Claim?
Dudley Sharp

No one can, responsibly, accept what the Liebman/DeLuna report says, without fully fact checking it, as well as evaluating bias.

However, we can review the previous record of both Liebman and the anti death penalty movement and assert that a healthy skepticism would be merited and wise.

What happened when folks took the time to fact check Liebman's prior opus, "A Broken System"? Take a look.

"A Broken Study: A Review of 'A Broken System"

Any good anti death penalty defense counsel, as Liebman, can make a convincing case, absent the prosecution's case and rebuttal. That is all we have, now.

Possibly, at some point, this report will be fact checked, as these were:

"The Innocent Executed: Deception & Death Penalty Opponents"

This is the perfect storm for anti death penalty folks. Both the "innocent" and "guilty" parties are dead and an, often,way too eager press plays defense mouthpiece for an anti death penalty report.

Am I saying that this newest Liebman report is total BS, just another anti death penalty tome whereby the conclusions can either be easily rebutted or that stronger positions can be made for guilt, with a thorough review, as was the case with many prior such cases?

No. But anyone would be a fool not to consider that possibility.

Time will tell.



"The DeLuna Deception: At the Death House Door" Can Rev. Carroll Pickett be trusted?"

"Those closest to Carlos DeLuna case say Columbia Human Rights study doesn't raise new questions",

"Report questioning execution doesn't sway lawyers", MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press, May 16, 2012


See Section B. The false innocence claims by anti death penalty activists are both blatant and legendary


"The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives"

May. 26 2012 11:38 AM

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