The report that Larry Griffin of St. Louis may have been innocent of the crime for which he was executed in 1995 could have reverberations in Congress, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As the chief St. Louis prosecutor re-investigates the case, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today considers a bill that would streamline federal appeals of state death penalty cases.
Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project, who is involved in the St. Louis case, argues that “if this bill passes, a number of innocent people will be executed.” Joshua Marquis, board membere of the National District Attorneys Association, said, “It could be a huge issue. Opponents of capital punishment have been unable to locate any case in which an innocent person has been executed. If they did, I’m sure it would have a profound impact on the discussion.”