Murder Convict Goes Free 40 Years After Bad Lawyer Let Him Confess

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After almost 40 years in prison for the rape and murder of a young girl in the Bronx, a man who confessed to the crime, but then recanted, went free on Thursday because his lawyer never consulted blood and semen experts. "This error falls within the category of rare cases where a single error in an otherwise competent defense is so egregious and prejudicial that it deprived defendant of a fair trial," the judge said. David Bryant had said he confessed under duress. The lawyer, now living in Florida, didn't remember him.