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Attorney General Miyares Asks for a Writ of Actual Innocence
~ The Office of the Attorney General has asked the Court of Appeals for a Writ of Actual Innocence in the case of Michael Haas ~
RICHMOND, VA – Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares today supported the issue of a Writ of Actual Innocence for Michael Haas, who was convicted of sexually assaulting his two young sons in 1994 and was released in 2017 after serving more than two decades in prison.
Arguing in the Court of Appeals of Virginia, the Office's Cold Cases, Actual Innocence and Special Investigations Unit joined former Virginia Solicitor General William Hurd in asking the Court to declare Haas innocent.
"My mother fled a country where there was no real criminal justice system or consent of the governed. After reviewing Mr. Haas' case, my office has concluded that he was wrongly convicted and is deserving of a writ of actual innocence. While our system is imperfect, the ability to correct wrongdoings is incredibly important and I'm proud of the work that my office does to try to right those wrongs,” said Attorney General Miyares.
For years, Mr. Haas' sons have said they were coerced into testifying against their father, and have repeatedly recanted their 1994 testimony. Additionally, the medical testimony relied on for Haas' conviction was recently proven unreliable. Due to these developments, the Commonwealth of Virginia has moved to support a Writ of Actual Innocence for Michael Haas.