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(Frenchman) Borras





Death and later resentenced or commuted to Life

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Summary of Case:

"Borras was wrongly convicted of murdering a woman after her husband was killed during a robbery by three men. His conviction was based on the testimony of a single man whose description of the murderer did not match Borras. Borras was sentenced to death, but his sentence was later commuted to life in prison at hard labor. Barras was pardoned on the basis of his innocence. After his release from prison the son of the murdered woman sued Borras and a judge ordered Borras to pay him 3,000 Francs, in spite of his pardon on the basis of his innocence of any involvement in the crime."

Conviction Caused By:

Mistaken eyewitness testimony by the only witness to the crime.

Innocence Proved By:

Borras was granted a pardon on the basis of his actual innocence.

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Information Source 1:

"Illusions of Memory, By Edward Livermore Burlingame, Scribner's Magazine, Vol. 11, 1892, pg. 193"

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"Convicted When Innocent, By Paris Dispatch to the London Daily News, The New York Times, July 13, 1890, pg. 16"

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"The Canada Law Journal, Vol. 27, May 16, 1891, pg. 258"

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