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UVA’s Innocence Clinic Wins Release of Man Convicted of Armed …

The Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law has secured a conditional pardon for its client, Messiah Johnson, who the clinic argued was wrongly convicted of armed robbery.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed orders Friday for the release of Johnson and five others in separate cases. In doing so, he noted the sentences were “far outside what should have been adequate to keep Virginia safe.”

Johnson had been sentenced to 132 years in prison.

“Mr. Johnson has served over 20 years for this crime and yet there are serious questions about his guilt – he has always maintained his innocence and there is credible evidence that he was not guilty at all,” the governor’s office said in its afternoon statement.

Johnson was convicted in 1998 of taking part in the robbery of a hair salon in Norfolk. The clinic alleges Johnson was misidentified as one of the disguised men (“Robber

Read more at: https://www.news.virginia.edu/content/uvas-innocence-clinic-wins-release-man-convicted-armed-robbery

UVA’s Innocence Clinic Wins Release of Man Convicted of Armed Robbery

The Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law has secured a conditional pardon for its client, Messiah Johnson, who the clinic argued was wrongly convicted of armed robbery.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed orders Friday for the release of Johnson and five others in separate cases. In doing so, he noted the sentences were “far outside what should have been adequate to keep Virginia safe.”

Johnson had been sentenced to 132 years in prison.

“Mr. Johnson has served over 20 years for this crime and yet there are serious questions about his guilt – he has always maintained his innocence and there is credible evidence that he was not guilty at all,” the governor’s office said in its afternoon statement.

Johnson was convicted in 1998 of taking part in the robbery of a hair salon in Norfolk. The clinic alleges Johnson was misidentified as one of the disguised men (“Robber

Read more at: https://news.virginia.edu/content/uvas-innocence-clinic-wins-release-man-convicted-armed-robbery

Innocence Project seeking release of Nuxalk prisoner after decades in prison

(Philip Tallio as a teenager around the time he was arrested for the rape and murder of 22-month-old Delavina Mack. Handout photo.)

Rob Smith
APTN Investigates
Philip Tallio has been in prison for 34 years serving time for a heinous crime.

The rape and murder of 22-month-old Delavina Mack rocked the small community of remote Bella Coola, B.C. in April 1983. Tallio has always maintained his innocence though an alleged confession is a part of the Crown’s evidence.

After the University of British Columbia (UBC) Innocence Project took on his case, an appeal was filed in 2016.

APTN National News, in partnership with the Vancouver Sun, argued successfully in court for files related to the appeal to be unsealed. “A Case for Innocence” airs tonight (Jan. 12) on APTN Investigates. A number of documents are still subject to an ongoing publication ban.

“Because he maintains his innocence he actually has been in

Read more at: http://aptnnews.ca/2018/01/12/innocence-project-seeking-release-nuxalk-prisoner-decades-prison/

Police Release Name of Man Found Dead with Gunshot Wound in Germantown

Homicide investigation underway

BETHESDA BEAT FILE PHOTO

A man found dead in a Germantown home on Wednesday was 30-year-old Maurice Mercer Cortez, Montgomery County police said.

Police previously said the man had a gunshot wound. The office of the chief medical examiner has ruled that his death was a homicide caused by a gunshot wound.

Police said in press release on Thursday that Cortez lived in the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way.

Officers responding to a report of a suspicious situation found Cortez dead at a home in that block on Wednesday at about 3:51 p.m., authorities said.

Police have not released additional details about Cortez’s death.

They have asked with information about the case to call 240-773-5070 or the Crime Solvers of Montgomery County anonymous tip line at 866-411-8477.

Montgomery County police also are looking into an unrelated death from Wednesday, after a woman’s body was found in a

Read more at: http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2018/Police-Release-Name-of-Man-Found-Dead-with-Gunshot-Wound-in-Germantown/

DC police release composite of 3-month-old kidnapped 34 years ago

– DC police have released a composite sketch of what a 3-month-old girl who was kidnapped 34 years ago would look like now.

Authorities say April Williams was just a baby when she was snatched from her mother’s arms at a bus station in the 1200 block of New York Avenue, Northwest near downtown on Dec. 2, 1983.

Officials said the suspect identified herself as Latoya, but could also go by Rene or Rene Latoya. Investigators said the suspect could have a sister named Latisha or Natisha and could have an astrological sign of a “Leo.”

The suspect was described as a young female with a slim build, standing about 5 feet 3 inches tall with spots on her face. Detectives said the suspect also had her ears pierced with two holes in each ear.

Williams had a notable birthmark on the top of her left wrist in a straight line, according to investigators.

The National Center for Missing

Read more at: http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/dc-police-release-composite-of-3-month-old-kidnapped-34-years-ago

Police release possible identities in triple homicide

The female victim, located in a GMC Envoy with a gunshot wound to the chest, was identified as Patricia Ann Brooks, 53, of 3142 New Hope Road by police Monday. She was identified using her DMV photograph, Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer said in a press release.

Investigators have learned that Brooks lived at the home with her husband Carroll T. Brooks, 73, and Carl M. Brooks, 33. Police believe these two men died in the fire.

“Although not positively identified, the burned bodies located at the fire scene are thought to be Carroll and Carl,” the release said. “Neither Carroll or Carl have been located or came forward to police or their family members.”

Family members told investigators they last spoke to Carroll on or about Nov. 21, the release said.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office continues to investigate the deaths related to

Read more at: http://www.journal-news.net/news/local-news/2017/11/police-release-possible-identities-in-triple-homicide/

Press Release: Missing Person

Shaquan Fenton King of Bathlodge (Custom)

The Police and family members of 20yr-old Shaquan Fenton King of Bathlodge, are seeking the help of the general public in knowing his whereabouts.

Shaquan was last seen on Monday around 9:30 am at Bathlodge, wearing a green T-shirt with a maroon short pants and a pair of black shoes. He is fair in complexion, about 5ft-8ins in height, slimly built and weighed approximately 130 pounds. According to family members, Shaquan appeared to be suffering from temporary memory loss.

Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with the Criminal Investigations Department Hotline at 462-3913 or 462-3914, or family members at 728-5492 or 771-6605 without delay.

Read more at: https://antiguaobserver.com/press-release-missing-person/

Rule Would Push Prosecutors to Release Evidence Favorable to …

Mr. James, who welcomed Judge DiFiore’s order, noted that it would not directly affect New York’s antiquated discovery law, which heavily favors prosecutors. Unlike a handful of other states, which have passed legislation forcing prosecutors to hand over all discovery material as fast as possible, New York currently permits district attorneys and their assistants to delay giving defense lawyers some forms of evidence until a jury is sworn in. That makes it harder for the defense to prepare for trials and effectively cross-examine witnesses, providing prosecutors with what critics have called an unfair tactical advantage.

For decades, New York’s district attorneys have opposed legislation requiring them to turn over witness statements earlier. They have presented a powerful counterargument: the safety of witnesses. More than a dozen such bills have failed in the past quarter of a century.

Judge DiFiore’s rule was first recommended

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/nyregion/rule-would-push-prosecutors-to-release-evidence-favorable-to-defense.html

1974 rape conviction tossed over evidence issues; attorneys seek man’s immediate release

A state district court judge has overturned Wilbert Jones’ 1974 conviction in the abduction and rape of a Baton Rouge nurse, saying “highly favorable” evidence was withheld from the defense.

Attorneys for Jones filed a motion in court Tuesday seeking their client’s immediate and unconditional release from prison in light of Judge Richard Anderson’s ruling in the decades old case. Failing that, they argued, Jones should be allowed to post a minimal bail.

The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office, however, said they will ask the Louisiana Supreme Court to review Anderson’s ruling in Jones’ case.

Emily Maw, the director of Innocence Project New Orleans, which represents Jones, said in an interview that an appeal would be a waste of taxpayer money.

“This case has been an unthinkable tragedy for Wilbert Jones and his family,” she said. “Nobody can undo this tragedy, but the court can and should end it right now and

Read more at: http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/courts/article_a5e89488-c3e3-11e7-9d36-8fa135429cc3.html

Police Release Composite Image of Gaithersburg Rapist Based on DNA Evidence

Man raped woman near bus stop in October

Montgomery County police released Wednesday a composite image of a man who raped a woman near a Gaithersburg bus stop in October.

A man approached a woman who was waiting for a bus on Watkins Mill Road at Travis Lane at about 5:30 a.m. Oct. 6. He acknowledged her presence, then grabbed her and pulled her to a wooded area, where he raped her, according to police. After he fled, the woman ran from the area and called police.

The composite image is based on DNA collected in the investigation and reveals how the rapist might look, according to police. The analysis suggests the man likely has brown eyes and black hair and is of West African descent.


Via MCPD

The woman described the rapist as appearing in his 20s and wearing a dark-colored checkered shirt or jacket, according

Read more at: http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/Police-Release-Composite-Image-of-Gaithersburg-Rapist-Based-on-DNA-Evidence/