THIS CASE AND DOCUMENTATION
LISA BABICK (AUTHOR - GUILT FOR THE GUILTLESS)
In 1996, Rea's ongoing investigation of a wrongful imprisonment case reached a climactic turning point. Joe Salvati, imprisoned for thirty years for a crime he says he didn't commit, had been the focus of a four-year-long investigation by Rea. His investigation helped lead to the discovery of two new witnesses who came forward to refute the evidence that Salvati was involved in the murder of Edward Deegan in 1965. Based on this new evidence, the case was reviewed and Governor Weld recommended that Salvati's life prison sentence be commuted. The Governor's Council accepted the recommendation and Salvati was freed in 1997.