On November 8th, voters in California elected to speed up the death penalty process. This new development has created uncertainty as well as an increased sense of urgency for Mr. Doolin and his defense team to prove his innocence.
Mr. Doolin’s conviction is noteworthy for the many injustices at his trial, including gross misconduct by the prosecution’s office as well inept representation by his trial lawyer. The attorney, who was later disbarred and has now passed away, presented a deeply flawed defense of Mr. Doolin.
The case is also remarkable because of new evidence indicating that a prosecution witness – who herself was later convicted of two brutal murders and who has since committed suicide – revealed crucial information to her lawyer which may free Mr. Doolin of his death penalty conviction and sentence. Whether that lawyer cannot reveal his deceased’s client’s secrets is presently being litigated.