Freeman backs up Klobuchar in Burrell case

Hennepin County attorney said they'd consider new evidence

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February 25, 2020 - 5:27 am

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Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman is defending a murder conviction that's become an issue in Amy Klobuchar's presidential campaign. 

In a written statement Monday, Freeman said he's willing to meet with attorneys for Myon Burrell to hear whatever issues they might raise, but was critical of what he called "misinformation" about the case. 

Freeman also posted a three-minute video on YouTube:

"Contrary to some reports, this was solid police investigation and prosecution," Freeman said in the video. "We believe the right man was convicted in this heinous crime. However, as we've said before, if new evidence is submitted to us, we would gladly review it."

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Burrell was 16 when he was arrested in the 2002 death of an 11-year-old girl in a drive-by shooting.

Klobuchar has cited the case as an example for finding justice for victims of violence when she was the county attorney in Minneapolis.

But an Associated Press investigation raised questions about Burrell's prosecution. 

Freeman makes the point that when the case was retried, Klobuchar was not Hennepin County attorney at that time. 

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"It is inappropriate and unfair, in my view, to try and make (this case) an issue in the current presidential race," Freeman said.

Klobuchar has also said any new evidence should be reviewed, making those comments on The View last month.

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