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Judge Recommends Lisker's Claim Proceed; U.S. magistrate says the conviction for the 1983 slaying has been `effectively dismantled.'
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Evidence; Court hearings & proceedings; Murders & murder attempts; Convictions
Author: Scott Glover And Matt Lait
Date: May 5, 2006
Start Page: B.1
Section: California Metro; Part B; Metro Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

In a 57-page report, U.S. Magistrate Judge Ralph Zarefsky wrote that he had "no confidence" in the guilty verdict rendered at [Bruce Lisker]'s 1985 trial in Van Nuys and that, based on new evidence, "no reasonable juror" would be likely to convict him today.

William Genego, one of Lisker's attorneys, was elated. "Bruce Lisker has waited 22 years to get his first taste of justice," Genego said. "We're glad it's finally come, even though it's long overdue."

Were a jury to consider the case in light of all the new evidence put forth by Lisker's attorneys, Zarefsky wrote, it would "know that there is essentially no evidence of [Lisker's] guilt" beyond the confessions he ultimately recanted, which were "self-serving when they were made and unaccompanied by verifying details."

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