On March 29, our client David Wright was exonerated of homicide convictions that resulted from abusive interrogations by CPD Detectives Cassidy, Boudreau, Halloran, and their team. Mr. Wright was convicted of the tragic murders of two friends in 1994. According to his petition for post-conviction relief, no physical evidence linked him to the murders, nor did any eyewitnesses identify him as being the perpetrator. Instead, Mr. Wright was convicted based on statements – a false “confession” – he signed following a grueling, abusive 14-hour interrogation by CPD Detectives James Cassidy, Kenneth Boudreau, and John Halloran.
These detectives have a well-documented pattern and practice of generating false confessions out of the innocent. According to data we’ve collected, to date at least 25 people have had their convictions overturned following convictions obtained based on these detectives’ misconduct. This number does not include current pending litigation by others who have suffered due to the misconduct of these detectives. The State continues to stand behind the conduct of these detectives, even allowing them to testify in court just last week.
Mr. Wright was arrested as a juvenile at just 17 years old – he did not see freedom again until leaving prison just before his 46th birthday. He ultimately wrongly served 28 years before being released in September, after 10 years of arduous litigation. He is currently making up for lost time by spending time with his family and attending school. Congratulations Mr. Wright!