(KCPW News) The Utah Attorney General’s office will appeal a judge’s finding that Debra Brown is innocent of a murder she was convicted of in 1995. Spokesman Paul Murphy notes that it’s the first time ever someone in Utah has been found factually innocent after being convicted by a jury.
“And so we want to make sure that we do everything right, not only for Ms. Brown but also for future cases,” he told KCPW. “One of the things we are asking the higher court to look at is whether or not the ruling is correct and whether or not everything was done right.”
The AG’s office is not trying to prevent Brown from being released from prison this afternoon, however.
Alan Sullivan in the attorney for Brown and says he has always known an appeal was possible, but didn’t know until this morning that the state was actually following through.
“I’m really confident that Judge DiReda’s decision will be sustained,” he said. “He issued a painstaking, 50-page opinion that reviewed all of the evidence, and I am confident that it will be sustained on appeal.”
Brown is expected to speak to reporters this afternoon following her release from the Timpanogas Women’s Prison in Draper at 2:30.
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