Conviction of 12 Reversed in Sleepy Lagoon Murder
Evidence Too Weak for Guilty Verdict, Appeal Court Says
Conviction of 12 youths for the "Sleepy Lagoon" murder of Jose Diaz two years ago was reversed yesterday by the District Court of Appeal in a 121-page decision written by Associate Justice Thomas P. White.
Justice White's opinion, which was concurred in by Presiding Justice John M. York and Justice William C. Doran, held that the evidence presented at the trial was insufficient to establish the guilt of the defendants.
The opinion stated that there was no evidence of racial prejudice in the proceedings during the 13-week trial of the youths.