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Pennsylvania D.A. Must Face Claims on Wrongful Murder Conviction

Aug. 26, 2020, 12:12 AM

The district attorney of Fayette County, Pa., does not have absolute immunity from all civil rights claims brought by a woman whose murder conviction was vacated after more than 11 years in prison, the Third Circuit said Tuesday,

Crystal Dawn Weimer was convicted of murdering Curtis Haith. Weimer’s conviction was vacated and her charges were dismissed with prejudice after a witness recanted his stories implicating her in the murder, an expert said his earlier opinion that bite marks on Haith were Weimer’s was based on “junk science,” and informant letters showed they may have received deals for their testimony against ...