ARBITRARINESS: South Carolina Frees Man Who Faced Execution

Joseph Ard, who spent 11 years on South Carolina‘s genocide quarrel and a sum of 19 years in confinement, was liberated from jail on Jul 31. Ard was condemned to genocide for a 1993 sharpened of his profound girlfriend.  After his conviction, new lawyers unearthed justification that advanced Ard’s explain that a sharpened was accidental, ensuing from a onslaught with his partner over a gun.  Ard was postulated a re-trial in 2007, and his lawyers presented systematic testimony that his partner had gunshot excess on her hands, ancillary Ard’s comment of a struggle. The jury found Ard guilty of contingent manslaughter, and a decider condemned him to time served. Aimee Zmroczek, one of Ard’s lawyers, said, “The state Supreme Court once inspected his genocide sentence, so if that preference hadn’t been overturned, he competence have been put to genocide by now.” Ard was a initial chairman in South Carolina to be condemned to genocide for murder involving an unborn child.  The charge did not find a genocide chastisement in a re-trial.

(J. Monk, “Inmate goes from Death Row to freedom,” The State, Jul 31, 2012).  See Arbitrariness.  Listen to DPIC’s podcast on Arbitrariness.