© 2021 MICHIGAN RADIO
91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Criminal Justice & Legal System

Davontae Sanford case a "complete and utter failure of the criminal justice system"

Davontae Sanford
Michigan Department of Corrections
No parent was contacted when 14-year-old Sanford was interrogated by police nine years ago.

He was just 14 years old when he confessed to and was convicted of a quadruple murder.

But today, 23-year-old Davontae Sanford walks out of Ionia State Prison a free man.

His conviction was vacated Tuesday by Wayne County Circuit Judge Brian Sullivan, who agreed with arguments that Sanford's case had all the hallmarks of a false confession.

David Moran is with the Michigan Innocence Clinic and was co-counsel on this case.

Moran joined us on Stateside to talk about the inconsistencies in the case and how it compares to wrongful conviction cases around the country.

GUEST David Moran is a University of Michigan Clinical Professor of Law. He's with the Michigan Innocence Clinic and was co-counsel on Sanford's case.

Related Content