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December 13, 2023: District Attorney Gascón Announces Exonerations of Two Men Wrongfully Convicted of Murder in Two Separate Cases


Exoneration News Conference

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today the exonerations and release of Giovanni Hernandez and Miguel Solorio, each who collectively spent decades in prison for murders they did not commit as teenagers.

“It’s truly devastating when people are wrongfully convicted, especially when they were so young at the time of their arrest. In the case of Mr. Solorio, he was 19 years old. Mr. Hernandez was just 14 years old.” District Attorney Gascón said. “These cases not only highlight the tragic impact on the lives of those directly affected but also underline the impact to the family and friends left behind. I am committed to ensuring that lessons are learned from this grave error, and that steps are taken to prevent similar injustices from occurring in the future."

Sarah Pace, an attorney for Northern California Innocence Project on Solorio’s case, said, “Miguel's 25 years of wrongful incarceration shows how important it is for law enforcement to follow all leads and avoid tunnel vision, to present witnesses with a particular suspect only one time, and to recognize that, according to the new scientific consensus, when witnesses don't identify the suspect, it points to their innocence.”

Marisa Harris, an attorney for the Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic at Loyola Law School in Hernandez’s case, said, “Gio was only 14 years old when he was sentenced to die in prison for a crime he did not commit. Like so many young people serving long, adult sentences in California’s prisons, Gio was given no hope for a future outside of prison walls. However, despite this grave injustice, Gio found his way to the light.”

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December 12, 2023: District Attorney Gascón Announces Charges Against Two Men in Two Anti-Semitic Vandalism and Assault Cases


News Conference

Yesterday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that Klinton Dion is charged with Anti-Semitic vandalisms on public and private property, including Temple Emanu El, in Burbank and Glendale.

“The escalating wave of anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community will not be tolerated in Los Angeles County," asserted District Attorney Gascón. “We have a zero tolerance for such behavior and our Hate Crimes Unit will work diligently to continue prosecuting such crimes.”

He also announced that Jarris Silagi has been charged with violently attacking a Jewish couple as they were on their way to celebrate Shabbat at their synagogue in Beverly Hills.

“I unequivocally condemn the violent attack inflicted upon those peacefully observing their faith.” District Attorney Gascón said. “Such acts of Antisemitism have no place in our community, and we continue to be committed to ensuring justice prevails and holding the defendant accountable. Our thoughts are with the victims and all those who continue to be targeted for their faith. My office’s Hate Crimes Unit will work diligently to bring justice to the victims.”

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