01/31/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Roland Burris Once Sought Death Penalty For Innocent Man

Former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris, embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick to replace Barack Obama in the Senate, is no stranger to controversy.

Public fury over the governor's alleged misconduct has masked the once lively debate over Burris' decision to continue to prosecute -- over the objections of one of his top prosecutors -- the wrong man for a high-profile murder case.

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