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West Virginia AG Won't Seek Review in Case

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
Janet Kunicki
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he won't seek a review by the U.S. Supreme Court in a Clarksburg man's 2001 rape case.

In November, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that Joseph Buffey's due process rights were violated when prosecutors failed to disclose that DNA tests exonerated him in the rape and robbery of an 83-year-old woman. They sent the case back to a judge to allow Buffey to withdraw his guilty pleas.

Morrisey's office initially asked the justices to put the ruling on hold while it considered appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Monday, Morrisey said he wouldn't seek the U.S. Supreme Court's review.

Buffey has said his confession was coerced. He had served more than 13 years of a 70-year sentence.

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