This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 Joaquin Ciria was arrested in 1990 for a murder in San Francisco that he insists he didn't commit. On Monday, 32 years later, Superior Court Judge Brendan Conroy overturned the conviction and granted a new trial after a request from San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. Boudin was following a recommendation made by his Innocence Commission . A prosecutor said in court that the District Attorney's Office would dismiss the case against Ciria, clearing the way for him to go free. After the hearing, Ciria's son, Pedro, embraced loved ones, his eyes red from crying. "It feels good," said the 32-year-old, who was 6 weeks old when his father was arrested. Ciria, 61, counts as the first person exonerated by the commission, a unique model that Boudin has sought to advance with state legislation at a time when most conviction review units nationwide have shown no results. Monday's ruling makes San Francisco's only the second district attorney's office in the Bay Area to help exonerate someone with its version of a conviction review unit, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Santa Clara County's unit has been involved… Read full this story
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