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antony_gravesState Bar of Texas to Consider Allegations of Prosecutorial Misconduct in Case of Anthony Graves

The Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the State Bar of Texas has made a “just cause” determination with respect to allegations of prosecutorial misconduct against former Burleson County District Attorney Charles J. Sebesta, Jr. in his prosecution of Anthony Graves in 1994.  As a result of Sebesta’s misconduct, Graves spent 18½ years of his life in prison, more than 12½ years of that on death row, for a crime he did not commit and of which he was later completely exonerated by honest prosecutors.  Anthony Graves was the keynote speaker at the SWTX Peace and Justice Luncheon in Corpus Christi on June 13, 2014.

Statement by Anthony Graves:  “Twenty years of being victimized by Charles Sebesta is enough.  I never should have been on death row, much less for 12½ years of my life.  The courts and the State of Texas finally agreed, and acknowledged that I am completely innocent.  Mr. Sebesta thinks he can just ignore all that and keep claiming that I am a murderer.  He continues to assassinate my character, forcing me to explain myself and to defend myself.  That is not right—an honest prosecutor admitted that I am completely innocent, and the State of Texas agreed.  I am not a lawyer, but I believe that any lawyer who doesn’t believe in the presumption of innocence—much less an absolute and incontestable finding of innocence as happened in my case—doesn’t deserve to be a lawyer in our great State.

“I sought justice for a long time while imprisoned, having to trust the court system and the legal profession to care about justice, and to do the right thing.  I am glad to see the State Bar of Texas now act favorably on my grievance at this stage.  I am confident that the Bar will discipline Mr. Sebesta for his misconduct and do whatever it can to stop him from continuing to persecute me, a completely innocent man.”

More at: http://tcadp.org/

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