Meet the Exonerees

Bruce Lisker

State: California
Date of Birth: 1968
Incident Date: 04/10/1983
Age at Arrest: 17
Conviction Date: 1985
Age When Exonerated: 44
Exonerated Date: 08/13/2009
Time Served: 26
Conviction: Second degree murder
False Confession: Yes
Implicated by Another Youth: No


Case Details

On March 10, 1983, Bruce was seventeen years old when he discovered his mother badly beaten and injured in her home. He was immediately suspected by the police. When his mother later died, he was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. His conviction rested on faulty blood splatter and shoe print evidence, as well as the testimony of a jailhouse snitch. Bruce also falsely confessed in an attempt to reduce his time in prison. He was finally exonerated on August 13, 2009, when a federal judge overturned his conviction, finding that he was convicted on "false evidence" and received poor representation by his counsel.