Lawyers file complaint on behalf of wrongly imprisoned man, allege misconduct by former prosecutor

Anthony Wright spent 25 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit.

Cherri Gregg
August 25, 2018 - 10:09 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Lawyers for a Philadelphia man who spent 25 years behind bars for a rape and murder he did not commit filed a complaint this week alleging misconduct by a former Philadelphia assistant district attorney.

The 29-page complaint was filed with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on behalf of Anthony Wright. Represented by the Innocence Project, he was acquitted two years ago of the 1991 murder of Louise Talley. 

DNA evidence linked the crime to another man, yet the filing alleges that when former prosecutor Bridget Kirn retried the case in 2016, she facilitated false testimony by two key witnesses despite such evidence. 

"If the allegations are true, this is a very serious issue that warrants investigation," said Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, which issued a statement on the matter

Given the broad discretion and immunity held by prosecutors, he said they must be held accountable with censure or loss of law license if they violate law.

"It's one of the very, very, very few things available for victims of this type of misconduct," he added.

Wright settled his claim with the city for $10 million. The Philadelphia Office of the District Attorney declined to comment.