I was WRONGLY convicted in 2007 in this court for a felony theft that police STAGED.Judge in case said even though I have a SIGNED statement from the PURPORTED victim of that theft STATING BOTH that I NEVER stole ANYTHING from him AND that police WRONGLY forced him to incriminate me in a statement that was used in court,along with PERJURED police testimony that they WITNESSED this theft, the judge REFUSED to allow me a hearing to show this IRREFUTABLE evidence of a wrongful conviction in that STAGED (by the POLICE!)crime from HIS court.The "Commission on Judicial Misconduct" also refuses me help.I am poor and NO attorney will assist against me in pursuing this matter for that reason.Any advice on who else I can go to for help!Even the PURPORTED victim is saying I am innocent! Any advice?
Victims statement is not proof of anything--its MAY be evidence--it MAY NOT be.
There is no such thing as IRREFUTABLE evidence as a practical matter.
I do not mean to imply that you were not the victim of a staged scene, however your narrative includes almost none of the information an attorney would need to advise you--the court record, review of the evidence, discussions with witnesses, investigating officers etc. That requires a huge investment of time from a skilled professional (or a determined investigator).
FWIW, There is nothing in your post that indicates any ethics issues, judicial misconduct, miscarriage of justice that would compel an attorney to donate the tens of thousands of dollars your case would require.
You might try contacting a local law school and see if they have a law clinic that might agree to review your documents--but on the facts you posted, I'm not sure you have enough even to interest a law school clinic--worth a call though.
Best of luck to you.
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I have to agree with my colleague. Though it makes sense to think a statement from the alleged victim would be enough, victims do sometimes recant when they really were harmed, for all sorts of reasons. As a result, the court only sees such a thing as evidence, especially after someone has already been convicted. I also agree, the best bet would be to try a local law school and see if one of the clinics would be willing to help you.
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