NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Jeanine Pirro, the former district attorney for Westchester County, N.Y., ignored the truth in a rape case to win, an exonerated inmate alleges.
Jeffrey Deskovic, who was exonerated on rape charges after spending 16 years in prison, said Pirro engaged in "prosecutorial misconduct" by allegedly ignoring the evidence that ultimately earned him his freedom, the New York Daily News said Thursday.
"She has engaged in prosecutorial misconduct regularly in just an all-out effort to win, even at the cost of innocence and justice," Deskovic alleged Wednesday.
Deskovic was convicted in 1991 of raping and killing 15-year-old Angela Correa. The Daily News said while DNA tests later proved Deskovic did not rape the teen, Pirro refused to reopen the case and rejected numerous appeals for a new trial.
It was only when Janet DiFiore succeeded Pirro in 2006 that the test results were accepted and the evidence linked the rape to convicted killer Steven Cunningham, who eventually confessed.
Deskovic is now leading a protest against the New York network affiliate that airs a series starring Pirro as a TV judge, the Daily News said.