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Unconvicting the Innocent, 6 Vanderbilt Law Review 20 (1952)

Abstract

"INNOCENT MAN IS UNABLE TO CLEAR RECORD AFTER 71/2 YEARS IN

PRISON." Under this headline, the New York Times recently reported

the courthouse tragedy of Nathan Kaplan, 49-year-old salesman. ' Mr.

Kaplan's brush with the law began on September 28, 1937, when the

Federal Government indicted him under the name of Nathan Kaplan,

alias "Kitty," for the sale of heroin to a government undercover

agent. Although he vigorously proclaimed his innocence from the day

of his arrest, he did not take the witness stand at his trial. He was

represented by able counsel and other due process requirements were

fully observed. His defense was that Max Kaplan, alias "Brownsville

Kitty," then a fugutive, had committed the crime. Mistaken identity

was thus the central issue.

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1952

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