Special Prosecutor Kelly Siegler finally saw her way clear to dismissing capital murder charges against a factually innocent man who spent 18 years in prison because of prosecutorial misconduct. Kudos to Siegler for doing the right thing, and to Graves’s defense lawyers, Katherine Scardino and Jimmy Phillips, for keeping the heat on until Kelly did the right thing. Anthony Graves is free.
Charles Sebesta, the prosecutor who concealed exculpatory evidence and knowingly presented false testimony (read the Texas Monthly article by Pamela Colloff) to put Graves on death row, is not free and will not be until the day he dies (or beyond, if you believe in an afterlife and Justice). Publicly unrepentant (even taking out an ad last year defending the conviction), Sebesta will go to his grave carrying the burden of the private knowledge that he’s lying, cheating filth who destroyed an innocent man’s life.
Inside the prison
There is a prison
Inside the person.