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Mark Diaz Bravo





8 years

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Los Angeles

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Judicially Exonerated Released

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"Mark Diaz Bravo was exonerated on January 6, 1994 of a 1990 rape in Los Angeles, California by post-conviction DNA tests of physical evidence after he'd been identified by the victim as her assailant. Although the alleged victim was a patient at the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California and she had a well-documented history of hallucinations and an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality, the jury relied on her testimony to convict Bravo. Mark Bravo was sentenced to 8 years in prison. After his exoneration that cast doubt that an assault had even taken place, Bravo filed a lawsuit in state court that named his trial lawyer Steve Neito, Los Angeles County, and senior hospital special investigator, Howard Giblin as defendants. Bravo's lawyer settled for $15,000 and Los Angeles County settled for $875,000. Giblin refused to settle and after a judge only trial, in April 1998 Bravo was awarded $3,925,976 for Giblin's "gross abuse of power." Giblin appealed, and the California Court of Appeals upheld the verdict plus interest. California Assembly Bill AB 1154 authorized payment, and after its passage by the legislature California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill in January 2004. Bravo received a check for $7,075,367.82 on February 13, 2004. Bravo's attorney, Hermez Moreno, told reporters he would receive "more than 30%, but less than 50%" of the $7 million as his fee. On May 24, 1998 Mark Bravo graduated from Western State University College of Law."

Conviction Caused By:

False eyewitness identification

Innocence Proved By:

Post-conviction DNA testing of evidence.

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Compensation Awarded:

"$7,965,368.82 total. $7,075,367.82 (Metropolitan State Hospital investigator Howard Giblin, Jan. 2004); $875,000 (Los Angeles County); $15,000 (Attorney Steve Neito)"

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Information Source 1:

"Not Guilty After All, San Francisco Magazine, November 2004"

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Innocence Project database

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"Nurse wrongly convicted of rape earns his law degree, Ft Worth Star-Telegram, May 25, 1998"

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"He's Got 7 Million Ways to Tell Her 'I Love You', By Monte Morin (Staff writer), Los Angeles Times, February 14, 2004"

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"Mark Diaz Bravo, Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern Law School"

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