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Joe Garcia was falsely accused and wrongfully convicted of multiple crimes in one trial - rapes, attempted rapes, and burglaries - conveniently disposing of 8 politically embarrassing unsolved cases in one trial, a horrendous task for any defense lawyer to adequately defend. There was no hard evidence, no actual DNA match, and he had had alibi witnesses and records for the dates of each alleged crime. And by claiming the DNA evidence was destroyed without legal notice or proof of when or by whose authority, in order to deny Joe Garcia Discovery of the evidence, and to deny him DNA test that will exonerate him, the conspiracy to convict an innocent man remains covered up.”
In fact, there was never any "serial rapist" but that claim and the media attention got his prosecutor a judgeship. Each victim described her atacker differently -- as Black, White, Hispanic, ages 18-20 (Joe was 42 and Native American) , etc., and some even named their attacker in police reports, but when the alleged victims testified in Court, trial transcripts reveal they changed stories when each pointed to Joe. After conducting interviews, reading the police reports and 6,000 pages of his trial transcripts, I discovered HOW and WHY that could happen -- almost identical to the case of wrongfully convicted Michael Morton who spent 26 yeaars in prison before exoneration - and whose syory aired on CNN, Dec. 8, 2013.
Because his complex case was actually 8 cases in one, and the burden of discovering the DNA fell on the convicted man, and he was denied a port-conviction DNA test under new science, so the Innocence Projects declined to get involved.
In 2005, Joe filed his Motion for Post-Conviction DNA Testing, the Court appointed him an attorney for the purpose, as he meets requirements under the 2004 federal Innocence Protection Act and CA PC 1404-1405. But all the lawyer did was make a couple calls, no actual investigaton, no report filed, no Motion to compel discovery of DNA evidence that is known to have been preserved, and the Judge then closed his case. The federal Innocence Protection Act and CA law required that the lawyer make a full report and file the Motion and notify the prisoner if the DNA evidence was lost or destroyed. None of that occurred or it would be on the record. Nor would the court appointed attorney release his Work Product as Joe repeatedly requested.
In August 2013, Joe Garcia renewed his Motion for DNA Testing and was Denied. The San Luis Obispo Court doesn't want it proven that they sent an innocent man to prison for the past 25 years, and NEW EVIDENCE recently discovered and submitted to the California Second District Court of Appeals supports that tere has been a conspiracy and coverup, so he needs your support on this petition.
Once a good number of supporting signatures are obtained, we will continue to seek more signatures as we attempt to interest media in Joe Garcia's plight, thereby putting a spotlight on the 24 year coverup.