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CONVICTED OF MURDER IN 2007, MICHAEL GOODWIN’S APPEAL FINALLY FILED.

After more than six years of wrestling with the Los Angeles District Attorney and the Superior Court to get evidentiary documents, the final phase of the appeal process was filed by Goodwin’s appellate attorney in January.  In light of the complexity of the appeal, initially 1000 pages, and finally filed at 467 pages, Goodwin expects the Justices to request oral arguments on some of the issues in the appeal.  

“The appeal was well-written,” said Goodwin in a recent interview, “I can’t imagine how the California Supreme Court could possibly deny a new trial.  Actually, the case should be dismissed!” he said.  “If they do order a new trial, we’re more than ready to show that I could not possibly have had anything to do with the murders of Mickey Thompson and his wife.  I am innocent and have the evidence to show I was wrongfully convicted.

Justice on Trial

THE CSI EFFECT:In a TV interview,John Bradley, Managing Director of Justice On Trial since  2002, makes the point of how critically broken the American justice system is.  The non-profit advocacy organization for the wrongfully accused has adopted as its motto, a statement by former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, “Sunshine is the best disinfectant,” in the belief that exposure in  mass media  of corruption  is the only way to “disinfect” malfeasance where it exists.

 

Justice on Trial, a non-profit advocacy organization, has been assisting wrongfully accused persons for more than 13 years.  Currently, the organization is working with Michael Goodwin who was convicted of the 1988 murders of Mickey and Trudy Thompson in 2007 and is serving two life terms.

 


   

FOR THE FIRST TIME, A PROSECUTOR IS PUNISHED AND JAILED FOR WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE IN MURDER CASE

THE CSI EFFECT:

Ken Anderson, a former Texas prosecutor, who later became a judge, agreed to serve nine days in jail and surrender his law license Friday for withholding evidence in his prosecution of a man who was exonerated in 2011 after serving 25 years in prison for his wife’s murder.

 

The hearing took place at the same courthouse north of Austin where Ken Anderson once heard cases as a district court judge.           read more


MICHAEL GOODWIN CLAIMS INNOCENCE.

Michael F. Goodwin, convicted of the 1988 murders of off-road racing legend Mickey THE CSI EFFECT:Thompson is asking the question, “Does anyone know, or care, who really killed Mickey Thompson?” Goodwin stated from his cell at R.J. Donovan State Prison, where he’s serving two life sentences without possibility of parole, “Prosecutors never connected me to the murders because I had nothing to do with them.” Goodwin has always maintained his innocence and his conviction was a surprise to many legal professionals familiar with the case. Regarding the prosecutors’ assertion of who the shooters were, Goodwin says, “If they caught and questioned the actual shooters, it would be obvious that I was not involved. The D.A. alleged that the shooters were two African Americans and, following my wrongful conviction, they promised to pursue the killers but have not, because they can’t be certain that the shooters were Black. In interviews at the time of the murders, every witness stated that the shooters were White.”   read more


ANOTHER WRONGFUL CONVICTION, AFTER NINE YEARS, CONVICTION EVIDENCE DEBUNKED, MAY GET A NEW TRIAL.

After nine years behind bars for a murder he says he didn’t commit, a Missouri man could be on the brink of freedom as an appellate court hears arguments later today in a case where the state’s two key witnesses have recanted their testimony, and there is no DNA linking the convicted killer to the crime scene.

Ryan Ferguson, 28, and his friend Charles Erickson were both charged with robbing and killing newspaper editor Kent Heitholt as he left work at the Columbia Daily Tribune in Columbia, Mo., on Halloween night 2001.  
 
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Justice on Trial

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR ADVOCATES JUSTICE SYSTEM AND PRISON REFORMS

Advocacies like The Innocence Project, Justice on Trial and many others are struggling to correct the many miscarriages of justice caused by prosecutorial misconduct throughout the U.S. Few in the American justice system are striving for reform but, at the very pinnacle, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer is strongly advocating for changes in the system that will positively affect prison inmates and the prosecutorial process. Please help us thank her and offer encourage her continued support by clicking here to “Like” her and/or comment on Justice Sotomayor’s FaceBook page or by directly writing to her at:

 

Justice Sonia Sotomayer
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One First Street, N.E.
Washington D.C.  20543

 

 

JUSTICE OUT OF ORDER.

You’re out of order! You’re out of order! The whole trial is out of order” Al Pacino, as attorney Arthur Kirkland, in the 1979 film, “…And Justice For All,” tells the judge and courtroom.That was thirty years ago; now, in any courtroom in the country, Pacino would be more correct in adding, “…the whole SYSTEM is out of order!.” America must be doing some things right, though, since we imprison more than any country, where such records are available, on the planet. Per 100,000 in population, the U.S. puts away more than 700 while most other countries have imprisonment rates under 200. Even China has only 117 per 100,000; India only 29; Canada, 116; Mexico,169.  The American Justice System has become the most efficient conviction machine in the known universe.

 

Yet, the public’s perception is that crime rates are up; that prosecutors let criminals off all too frequently, that the guilty go free on the whim of a judge or because of a rouge jury, a la O.J. Simpson. What IS going on?

 

All those within the justice system, from law enforcement to those in the highest justice offices, are elected, appointed, advanced, ranked, paid, based on number of convictions. Convictions are the currency of justice. Too many acquittals translates to “soft on crime.”

 

At the core of the system is the trial, by judge or jury.  Conceived as a forum to to dole out justice to seekers of truth, the trial has morphed into a diabolical arena of conflict, where anything goes.  read more

 

 

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