San Francisco, CA- The conviction of Eduardo Torres for trafficking cocaine has been overturned by the 9th Circuit Court.
After a lengthy court battle, Eduardo Torres, convicted of trafficking cocaine in Arizona in 2015, is a free man. The Court ruled police did not adequately prove beyond a reasonable doubt the pants he was wearing were his.
The court published an opinion today. “The prosecution did not adequately prove the pants in which the contraband was found belonged to the defendant,” wrote Chief Judge Jack Edwards. “The defendant clearly stated several times, ‘These ain’t my pants, bro’ to the officer, who ignored his assertions. The pants are clearly labeled, which indicates that they actually belong to Mr. Levi, as opposed to the suspect. The pants are hereby excluded, and the case is remanded.”
Caesar Lopez, the defendant’s attorney, championed the move. He said he is “proud of the appellate court for standing up to police corruption.” He maintained his client’s innocence. Lopez also noted that he would “vigorously” defend Torres should the state attempt to retry the case.
“I’m just happy. Happy and proud that the American justice system stood up and protected me from the corrupt police who framed me. I told them and I’ll tell you, ‘Not my pants,'” said Torres when he spoke to reporters on the steps of the courthouse. When asked whose pants they were, Torres replied, “My cousins.” He could not, however, remember his cousin’s name.
When reached for comment, James Jones, the U.S. Attorney for Arizona said he would not appeal the decision, and would not retry the case, so the decision is final.