The new issue of Columbia Human Rights Law Review documents how on December 8, 1989, the state of Texas executed an innocent man in a case of mistaken identities.

Top (left to right): Hernandez; Hernandez; Hernandez; DeLuna. Bottom (left to right): DeLuna; Hernandez; DeLuna; DeLuna. (Photographs: Corpus Christi police department/DeLuna family/Hernandez family/Texas dept of criminal justice/Corpus Christi Caller Times) The journal devotes its entire issue to document a six-year investigation by Professor James Liebman and 12 students showing how Carlos DeLuna was executed for a crime committed by Carlos Hernandez.

Reporting for The Guardian, Ed Pilkington writes how these two Carloses “were not just namesakes” (tocayos in Spanish), “they were the same height and weight, and looked so alike that they were sometimes mistaken for twins. When Carlos Hernandez’s lawyer saw pictures of the two men, he confused one for the other, as did DeLuna’s sister Rose.”

DeLuna maintained his innocence up to the moment of his execution, and identified Hernandez as the killer.  READ MORE…

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