Law school deans urge Governor Jerry Brown to order innocence investigation for Kevin Cooper.
“We owe it to the victims of this horrible crime, to Kevin Cooper, and to ourselves to get this one right.”
Judge William A. Fletcher
In 2009, referring to Mr. Cooper’s case, five federal judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals signed an 82 page dissenting opinion that begins: “The State of California may be about to execute an innocent man.” Six additional Ninth Circuit judges joined in the dissent, saying Mr. Cooper has never had a fair hearing to prove his innocence.
“Significant evidence bearing on Cooper’s culpability has been lost, destroyed or left un-pursued,”
Judge M. Margaret McKeown
In a 2007 opinion for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge McKeown provides illustrative examples of evidentiary gaps, mishandling of evidence and suspicious circumstances in the case of Cooper V. People.