AUGUST 24, 2021, 1:40 PM ET
Advocates Hoping To Exonerate Man Convicted Of Murdering His Mother At Age 14
Lawyers have filed a petition with hopes of overturning the conviction of a man imprisoned for murdering his mother more than 20 years ago.
Michael Politte, now 37, is serving a life sentence at a state prison in Missouri for the murder of his mother, Rita Politte, according to the Associated Press. In 1998, Politte found Rita’s burning body in their mobile home in rural Hopewell, Missouri.
Michael Politte was only 14 years old at the time.
Organizations that aim to overturn wrongful convictions, including the Midwest Innocence Project, the MacArthur Justice Center, and attorneys from the Langdon & Emison law firm, have been fighting for Politte’s release for years, according to the AP. On Monday, they filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus with the Missouri Court of Appeals on the grounds of an alleged biased investigation, faulty science, and an incompetent defense at trial.
“Michael and his sisters have never been able to grieve their mother because they have been fighting for Michael’s freedom ever since the say [sic] she died,” Midwest Innocence Project attorney Rachel Wester said, according to KHSB News. “It is far past time for justice for Rita Politte, for Michael, and for his family.” Read more >>