Fox's Wallace confronts Klobuchar on controversial conviction of 16-year-old as prosecutor

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Hillicon Valley: FCC chief proposes 0M telehealth program | Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus| Whole Foods workers plan Tuesday strike MORE (D-Minn.), a 2020 White House hopeful, declined to say Sunday whether the case of an African-American man her office put in prison during her time as a prosecutor should be re-opened with the revelation that the conviction relied on questionable evidence.

Host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceGovernors, health experts warn coronavirus restrictions must stay in place Public health expert: 'We are still at the very beginning of this outbreak' Mnuchin: US will bounce back after we 'kill this virus' and 'reopen this economy' MORE asked Klobuchar on “Fox News Sunday” about the 2003 conviction of Myon Burrell in the shooting death of Tyesha Edward. No gun or fingerprints were found in the case and the prosecution’s key witness offered contradictory testimony. An Associated Press investigation also found that police relied on the word of jailhouse informants who were offered reduced sentences and have since recanted, and that another, currently-incarcerated man has confessed to the murder.

“It was a tragic case, it was a big deal within the African-American community and our focus was on bringing the people to justice and doing justice for [Edward’s] family,” Klobuchar said.

“We know it was a bad case, the question is whether this young man did it,” Wallace responded.

“My view as someone that has worked with the innocent project for years, if there is new evidence it must come forward,” Klobuchar said.

“Did you know about the fact that there was this questionable evidence?” Wallace asked, to which Klobuchar responded: “I didn’t know about this new evidence until I saw this report.”

Wallace also asked Klobuchar about calls by Black Lives Matter and the Minneapolis NAACP for her to suspend her presidential campaign in light of the revelations and already tepid primary support among African Americans, a key demographic in the Democratic primaries.

“It’s on me to go across the country and make the case for my agenda, which is very strong when it comes to the African-American community,” Klobuchar said, also touting her support among African Americans in Minnesota and among the state’s Somali-American community, specifically.