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Debra Milke


Debra Milke was wrongfully convicted in 1990 of a horrible crime against her own child, Christopher, who was brutally murdered. She spent 22 years on Arizona’s death row. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted her Habeas Corpus Petition in 2013, holding that prosecutors failed to disclose a history of misconduct by homicide Detective Armando Saldate, Jr. While she did gain her hard-fought-for freedom, she was still left with a life without her son, making the victory bittersweet. She remains in her hometown of Phoenix, where she works part-time at a law firm, and tries to rebuild her shattered life.