A judge on Wednesday threw out the murder conviction of David Lemus, the second of two men who wrongly spent more than 14 years in prison for the shooting death of a bouncer at a Manhattan nightclub.
Lemus and Olmado Hidalgo were convicted in the 1990 shooting of Palladium nightclub bouncer Marcus Peterson. The same judge threw out Hidalgo's conviction in July after finding he was unconnected to Lemus or anyone else involved in the incident.
Hidalgo was deported after his exoneration. The prosecutors say they'll retry Lemus.
“I think it's absurd and unfair, and I hope that [Manhattan District Attorney] Robert Morgenthau comes to his senses before he does it,” added Carol Kramer, the jury forewoman in the first trial. “Just leave these guys alone. Let justice be done now."
I couldn't say it better.