FACT CHECK: Did Kamala Harris Try to Prevent a DNA to Keep an Innocent Man in Prison?


last night at the debates, Tulsi Gabbard absolutely destroyed Kamala Harris on her performance as Attorney General of California and it was devastating.

I know this for a fact because CNN has been calling her a Russian agent all day long and Kamala’s campaign chief claims Gabbard, a Democrat is colluding with the Russians. One case that Gabbard brought up was a man on Death Row. They wanted to do a DNA test to prove that he was innocent.

Harris fought against the test when the courts finally ordered her to do the test. The man was innocent.

From Breitbart News

CLAIM: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) “blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so.”

VERDICT: MOSTLY TRUE.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) accused fellow Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris of being a cruel prosecutor, putting “over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations” and then laughing about having smoked marijuana herself.

Gabbard then added: “She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so.”

That is largely true, as the Sacramento Bee noted (original links):

In February, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered new DNA testing in the 1983 murder case of Kevin Cooper. Cooper came within hours of execution in 2004 after being charged with the murders of an adult couple and two children. Harris opposed the testing when she was the state’s attorney general.

She has since said she supports DNA testing and encouraged Newsom to approve Cooper’s clemency request. She did not offer specifics on why she did not approve the testing during her tenure.

In response to a request for comment, Harris’s campaign pointed to a past statement where the senator called a New York Times columnist last year, telling him, “I feel awful about this.”