Based on the files of the lawyers who freed them, Wrongful Conviction features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit – some of them had even been sentenced to death. These are their stories.
In 1999 Luis Vargas was convicted and sentenced to fifty-five years to life in prison for three sexual assaults. He was accused of being the notorious“teardroprapist,” a methodical serial rapist that terrorized women in Los Angeles.
Before being sentenced Vargas stated,“…Iwill pray for God’s mercy on all of you…but as far as I’m concerned, as far as I’m concerned[the]individual[who]really did these crimes might really be raping someone out there, might really be killing someone out there.”
Unfortunately for Luis and the people of Los Angeles, Luis was right. The real“teardroprapist” would attack over 30 victims.
Mr. Vargas is joined by his lawyer, Justin Brooks, director of the California Innocence Project. In 2013 Mr. Miles identified 12 clients with strong claims to exoneration: the“California12.” Mr. Brooks walked 712 miles from San Diego to Sacramento to deliver clemency positions to Gov. Jerry Brown on behalf of the“California12.”
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