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No innocence writ despite federal-court acquittal (access required)

Even though the petitioner was acquitted of federal murder charges, this does not establish entitlement to a state-court writ of actual innocence. Although the federal prosecution arose from the same evidence that led petitioner to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in state court, petitioner’s federal acquittal was for “an entirely different crime.” Overview Petitioner Richardson went to an ...