- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man serving life in a Pennsylvania prison is getting paroled after raising allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday (https://bit.ly/1wDiQL9 ) that 64-year-old Clarence Davis pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of third-degree murder and other offenses as part of the deal with the Philadelphia district attorney’s office.

He’d been serving life for the 1970 shooting death of Arthur Gilliard at a Philadelphia bar.

A witness against Davis had recently recanted a claim made during the 1972 trial that he hadn’t been promised any leniency. Davis was able to locate court records suggesting that man and another witness had received benefits for their testimony.

The paper says a July letter from a city prosecutor indicated there were potential problems with witnesses and they no longer had critical files.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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