By Mike Cruz | [email protected] | San Bernardino SunPUBLISHED: July 3, 2018 at 8:18 pm | UPDATED: July 3, 2018 at 8:22 pm The Governor’s Office wants more information from defense lawyer Norm Hile in his clemency petition for death row inmate Kevin Cooper, who was convicted more than three decades ago of the brutal hatchet attack of a Chino Hills family and a young boy staying with them. A six-page letter from Legal Affairs Secretary Peter A. Krause sent July 3 asked Hile a series of questions about his requests for additional DNA testing and theories about evidence handling in Cooper’s case. The letter said the Office of Gov. Jerry Brown had considered Hile’s arguments and that attorneys in the Governor’s Office had already met with him, his investigators, and attorneys from the state Attorney General’s Office. “Your allegations clearly deserve the serious consideration they have received and we now … [Read more...] about Governor’s Office seeks more information from death row inmate Kevin Cooper’s lawyer in clemency petition
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Kim Kardashian is on another case. The reality-TV queen tweeted about the plight of San Quentin Prison death-row inmate Kevin Cooper – asking California Gov. Edmund “Jerry” Brown to retest DNA evidence in his case. “Governor Brown, can you please test the DNA of Kevin Cooper?” Kardashian, 37, tweeted twice on Saturday, along with New York Times articles about the case. Cooper, 59, was convicted of the murders of Douglas and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter Jessica and her friend, 10-year-old Chris Hughes, in Chino Hills, Calif., 1985. Since his conviction, Cooper has maintained his innocence and has exhausted all appeals for his conviction, according to the San Diego Tribune. Some of Cooper’s advocates argue that the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department tampered with DNA evidence to frame Cooper and that this evidence – found on a t-shirt Cooper says he never wore — should be retested. In an op-ed on Sunday, New York Times … [Read more...] about Kim Kardashian wants to prove death row inmate’s innocence
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by California Today ByNicholas Kristof and Charles McDermid May 21, 2018 Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up .) Last week, Nicholas Kristof, an Op-Ed columnist at The Times, published a piece on what he believes to be an injustice in California — a case in which a life hangs in the balance. We asked Mr. Kristof to discuss reaction to his column. Pressure seems to be growing on Gov. Jerry Brown to allow advanced DNA testing in the case of Kevin Cooper, a black man on San Quentin’s death row for the brutal 1983 murder of a white family. After my in-depth column in the opinion section on the case, Senator Kamala Harris has called on the governor to allow testing and so has John Chiang, the state treasurer and a candidate for governor. As my column notes, I … [Read more...] about California Today: Should the Case of the Death-Row Inmate Kevin Cooper Be Re-examined?
By Sean Emery | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: April 13, 2018 at 1:24 pm | UPDATED: April 13, 2018 at 1:25 pm SANTA ANA – A former Death Row inmate who more than three decades ago killed a man in Newport Beach was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A Santa Ana jury last year convicted James Andrew Melton, 66, of special-circumstances murder for the 1981 killing of Antony Lial DeSousa, ending the third trial Melton had faced for the slaying. Prosecutors say Melton used advertisements in gay magazines in order to meet rich, older men who he could rob. Prosecutors said that Melton – who had two rape convictions – met DeSousa, a 77-year-old retiree, through such an ad, robbed him and strangled him at his condo. Melton has been behind bars since his 1981 arrest. In 1982, Melton was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He spent more than a decade on Death Row at San Quentin State Prison, until a … [Read more...] about Former Death Row inmate gets life in prison for 1981 Newport Beach murder