Judge Who Had Chance to Free Stephen Brodie in '94 Gets Another Chance This Morning
|Judge Lena Levario|
Carlton and the AP have been fighting Richardson PD's refusal to turn over records related to this case; the department says "there is no legitimate public interest in the case," though that's for the Attorney General's Office to decide. But there's more pressing news: At 9 this morning, Brodie and attorney Michelle Moore, with the Dallas County District Attorney's blessing and backing, will go before Judge Lena Levario and ask, finally, that he be cleared of a crime he did not commit. An exoneration is expected. But as Carlton notes, she had her chance once, in 1994: "Judge Lena Levario denied the appeal, ruling that Brodie's confession outweighed the fingerprint evidence."
Update at 12:45 p.m.: Brodie's conviction was overturned this morning.