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Documentary Film: Angel's Story
A film crew has completed a full featured documentary on Angel Cordero, his wrongful conviction and the impact it had on his life and his family. The flim crew began following him and his family before his release from Eastern Correctional Facility. Here is the incredible footage that supports Angel's innocence:
Coming Home

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Appellate attorney Claudia Trupp features Angel's case in chapter 5 of "Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes". Read it for details proving Angel's innocence.
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Claudia also makes reference to Angel's case in her website Q&A

News Reports


Angel release is captured on NY News 1, including clips of his family reunion, press conference, and brief interveiw.


Angel's Story was featured on the 6pm news twice over the last 2 years. Watch Angel discuss the case and a LIVE CONFESSION by Dario Rodriquez.


Angel is released from prison and reunited with his loved ones


Angel's Story was featured on the 6pm news twice over the last 2 years. Watch Angel discuss the case and a LIVE CONFESSION by Dario Rodriquez.

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Posted Wednesday, January 17th 2007, 12:00 AM
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DARIO RODRIGUEZ, a Bronx drug dealer and career felon, walked into the visiting room at Coxsackie Correctional Facility, where he is serving a five-year sentence for robbery. "I can't sleep at night from the guilt," Rodriguez told me. He then proceeded to calmly confess to a crime for which he has never been arrested. A crime for which another man has been in prison for the past seven years. "I want to finally tell the truth," Rodriguez said. "It was me who stabbed that kid, not the guy they convicted, not Angel Cordero. I lied on the witness stand." On the morning of May 16, 1999, Jayson Mercado, a 19-year-old Boston University freshman, was walking to his parents' home in Hunts Point, the Bronx, when he was suddenly attacked by a group of strangers. One of the assailants pulled out a knife and stabbed Mercado several times, puncturing one of his lungs.

As the attack unfolded, four plainclothes cops from the Bronx gang unit drove up the street, rushed into the melee and grabbed five men. Arrested at the scene were Angel Cordero, then 25, his younger brother Ramon Rivas, Pierre Robinson, Julio Sanchez and Gregory Martin. Despite his serious injuries, Mercado managed to run home. He was then rushed to a hospital. He did not identify his assailants until days later. All five men arrested that night were quickly indicted. Robinson, Sanchez and Martin, who had previous convictions, would plead guilty. All three told police that Cordero and his brother were not involved. Two of those who admitted their guilt also told prosecutors that the slabber was not Cordero, but a man they called "Set It" - Dario Rodriguez's nickname.

At trial, Cordero and his brother testified in their own defense. They told the court they had left a neighborhood party and gone into a grocery store when they heard a commotion on their block and walked over to see what was happening. That's when police arrived and grabbed them along with the real assailants, they said. Their account was backed by several neighborhood witnesses, who - along with Robinson, one of the attackers - testified that Rodriguez stabbed Mercado. But three of the cops and the victim testified that Cordero led the attack and wielded the knife. Prosecutors then called Rodriguez to the stand. He now admits he lied by testifying he was with his girlfriend and their baby that night, and was nowhere near the scene of Ihe crime. After-several days deliberating, a jury convicted Corderoef second-degree attempted murder and his brother of lesser charges. "If you guys aren't guilty, then Santa Claus exists," former Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Tonetti told the brothers before handing down their sentences.

The conviction of Rivas was overturned on procedural grounds several years ago, but the courts have repeatedly rebuffed appeals by Cordero of his conviction and 15-year sentence. "I lied in court because the prosecutor threatened to revoke my parole for another arrest if I didn't testify against Angel," Rodriguez told me during the jailhouse interview. He claimed cops at the scene initially grabbed him, but he managed to escape when they went to arrest Cordero. Rodriguez, who knew Cordero and his mother from the neighborhood, said he's been haunted over the years by how much they've suffered for his crime. AS A LIFE-LONG felon, he knows that the statute of limitations would prevent his conviction today for that 1999 attack. "I'm willing to take a lie detector test," Rodriguez said. He has provided a sworn statement with his confession to both the Daily News and Cordero's attorney, Claudia Trupp of the nonprofit Center for Appellate Litigation. But Jason Mercado, the victim of this crime, isn't buying anything Rodriguez or Cordero say. "In all honesty, I don't see any way there could be a mixup," Mercado said. "I can't believe they're still making up stories years later. I just want this to be laid to rest so I and my family can move on." "I've always believed Angel is innocent," said Trupp, who expects to file a new motion in Bronx Supreme Court this week to vacate Cordero's conviction. "I'm happy that Dario Rodriguez finally stepped up and took the blame."

ANGEL CORDERO AIMS TO CLEAR HIS NAME FOR A CRIME HE SAYS HE DID'NT COMMIT: Cordero spent 13 years in prison for attempted murder of college student in Bronx
Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 1:06 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 1:19 AM

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From the moment police arrested him that morning of May 16, 1999, for the attempted murder and robbery of a Boston University freshman in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, Angel Cordero has professed his innocence.
That’s hardly surprising from someone in prison for a major crime.

But in Cordero’s case, there’s a mountain of evidence that he is telling the truth. There are sworn statements from nearly a dozen witnesses who say he was not involved. There’s even a confession from the man who claims he was the main assailant but was never charged.

was convicted despite all that, and spent 13 years in prison until his parole last week.

Now that he is free, Cordero still wants to clear his name.

This column revealed in 2007 that Dario Rodriguez, a drug dealer with a long rap sheet, had confessed to committing the actual crime. Rodriguez was a neighborhood acquaintance of Cordero and had been a witness for the prosecution at the original trial.

In a jailhouse interview, Rodriguez told me he stabbed and robbed college freshman Jason Mercado that morning during a chaotic street fight at the end of a neighborhood party. He then repeated that account under oath at a Bronx Supreme Court hearing.

“I lied on the stand [at the original trial\] because the prosecutor threatened to revoke my parole for another arrest if I didn’t testify against Angel,” Rodriguez told me. “But I can’t sleep at night from the guilt.”

The judge who heard the recantation ruled in January 2008 that it was “utterly incredible and unworthy of belief.” Since then, however, Cordero’s lawyers have amassed more testimony that supports that recantation.

According to the official version at trial, Mercado was accosted by a group of strangers from the party while he was walking to his parents’ home. Four plainclothes cops who arrived in the midst of the attack quickly nabbed five men out of the crowd: Cordero, his younger brother Ramon Rivas, Pierre Robinson, Julio Sanchez and Gregory Martin.

They promptly charged Cordero, who had never been in trouble with the law, with stabbing Mercado several times in the chest. The others were charged with beating and robbing the victim.

Cordero and his brother pleaded innocent. The other three, all of whom had criminal records, pleaded guilty. But the three confessed assailants also told police that Cordero and his brother were not involved. The stabber, they all said, was a neighborhood tough named “Set It.”

Dario Rodriguez’s nickname was “Set It.”

During the trial, Cordero and his brother testified that they had gone to a nearby bodega from the party, then heard a commotion on the street. They walked over to see what was happening and saw Rodriguez stabbing the victim.

When cops arrived, they grabbed Cordero, who angrily insisted he was a bystander and who made the mistake of resisting arrest.

Prosecutors even called drug-dealer Rodriguez to the stand. He testified that he was not present when the fight erupted, but was at home with his girlfriend.

After two days of deliberation, a jury convicted Cordero and his brother. As luck would have it, Cordero and Rodriguez looked “freakishly alike” in features and skin tone and both were wearing white T-shirts and had short haircuts that night, according to Cordero’s lawyer, Barry Pollack of the Innocence Project.

Rodriguez has since claimed that the cops did grab him at the scene with the bloody knife in his hand and knocked him to the ground. But they became momentarily distracted while subduing Cordero, and Rodriguez managed to run away with the knife.

During the past few years, Cordero’s lawyers have discovered additional evidence that Rodriguez lied at trial. His girlfriend, it turns out, was staying in a homeless shelter that night. Witnesses the police never bothered to interview have said in sworn statements that they saw Rodriguez after the incident looking frantic, his shirt bloodied and carrying a bloody knife. Several say Rodriguez confided to them that he had stabbed Mercado.

Cordero’s biggest supporter the past few years has been his wife, Michelle. A social worker and childhood friend, she married him while he was still in prison. She now runs the website of the campaign to exonerate him.
“There aren’t words to express how happy I am he’s home,” Michelle Cordero said. “But we won’t rest until Angel is completely exonerated.”