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Edward Avila



Robbery (includes armed robbery)


5 years to life imprisonment

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Los Angeles

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Los Angeles



Summary of Case:

"Edward Avila was wrongly convicted in 1957 of armed robbery in Los Angeles. Avila's prosecution was based on two eyewitnesses who identified him based on a picture of him shown to them by a detective prior to viewing Avila in a lineup. Only one of the witnesses was still positive Avila was the robber. Avila waived his right to a jury trial, and in June 1957 he was convicted after a bench (judge only) trial. Avila was pardoned in September 1957 by California Governor Goodwin Knight after the actual robber confessed. No compensation was paid for Avila's three months of wrongful imprisonment."

Conviction Caused By:

Erroneous eyewitness identification by two witnesses

Innocence Proved By:

Actual robber identified. Pardoned by California's governor.

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"The Innocents, Edward Radin,William Morrow & Co., 1964, p. 248."

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