Illinois man denied pardon by Pence asks court for new trial

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Illinois man denied a pardon by Gov. Mike Pence for a robbery he says he didn’t commit has asked for a new trial in a bid to win the exoneration.

Attorney Eliot Slosar filed a petition Monday asking an Elkhart County judge to grant Keith Cooper a new trial.

The Indianapolis Star reports ( ) the Indiana Parole Board recommended in 2014 that Pence grant the 49-year-old Chicago man a pardon. However, an attorney for the Republican vice presidential candidate notified Slosar last month that Cooper must first exhaust all court options before Pence will consider one.

After an appeals court overturned a co-defendant’s conviction, Cooper elected in 2005 to be released with a felony record rather than face a new trial before the same judge who convicted him.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star,


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