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Marcella Pitts


Years Imprisoned:

6

Charge:

Child Sex Abuse and Conspiracy

Sentence:

Life Imprisonment with 373 year minimum

Year Convicted:

1985

Year Cleared:

1991

Location of Trial:

California

Result:

Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Marcella Pitts was one of the Pitt Seven. In August 1985 all seven were wrongly convicted in Kern County (Bakersfield) CA of a total of 377counts of child abuse and conspiracy. All seven convictions were reversed by the Calif. Ct. of Appeals in 1990 on the grounds that the wrongful convictions were procured by prosecutorial misconduct during the trial and closing arguments that were unprecedented in the Court's experience. "By 1994 all of the child witnesses had recanted and claimed their testimony was coerced." Pitts v. County of Kern at 347."

Conviction Caused By:

Prosecutorial misconduct of presenting improper evidence, making improper and disparaging remarks about the defendants and defense counsel throughout the trial, and making improper remarks during closing arguments.

Innocence Proved By:

Conviction reversed by the CA Ct. of Appeals.

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Compensation Awarded:

Filed Suit against Kern County

Was Perpetrator Found?

Age When Imprisoned:

29

Age When Released:

35

Information Source 1:

People v Pitts, 223 Cal. App. 3d 606 (1990); 273 Cal. Rptr. 757.

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Pitts v. County of Kern, 17 Cal. 4th 340 (1998)

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""Mean Justice," Edward Humes, Simon & Schuster, NY, 1999, p. 450."

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""Mean Justice," Edward Humes, Simon & Schuster, NY, 1999, p. 450."

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