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INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY BY L.A. SHERIFF’S OF LEAD INVESTIGATOR, DETECTIVE MARK LILLIENFELD,  IN THE WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF MICHAEL GOODWIN!

Michael Goodwin has alleged that the lead investigator in his 2007 trial for the murders of Mickey and Trudy Thompson, Mark Lillienfeld, committed more than 200 perjuries during the two prosecutions and 2006 trial that led to his conviction in  2007. Goodwin has always claimed his innocence.

“The trial,” Goodwin says, “was a farce; not a trial at all but a  presumption of guilt that law enforcement, prosecutors and, yes, even the judge cooperated on, not to find the truth about true killers, but simply to convict me for political and financial reasons. What’s more,” Goodwin says, “I can prove it.”

As the internal  investigation of L.A. Sheriff’s Department of Detective Mark Lillienfeld goes on, read more about the case against him.read more

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 at all levels 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


 4% + OF THOSE SENT TO DEATH ROW ARE INNOCENT.

The 4 percent figure is a conservative estimate, the researchers say in a study published Monday. Some of the innocent on death row are exonerated and freed, but not all, the study says.  At least four percent of death sentences in the US send an innocent person to death row, according to new research published Monday in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Some of those people are exonerated and freed – but not all of them, the researchers report.  The study follows a broader report earlier this year that found that a record number of people were exonerated for crimes in 2013, suggesting that innocent people go to prison far more often than had been thought.  The study authors found that over a 31-year period, 1.6 percent of inmates sentenced to death were exonerated and freed. Of the remaining innocent inmates, some see their sentences reduced to life in prison, while others are executed, the authors say. read more
Justice on Trial

NEW CONCERNS THAT TEXAS WRONGFULLY EXECUTED CAMERON WILLINGHAM, CONVICTED IN 1992

Since Willingham was executed in 2004, officials have continued to defend the account of the informer, Johnny E. Webb, even as a series of scientific experts have discredited the forensic evidence that Willingham might have deliberately set the house fire that killed his toddlers.
But now new evidence has revived questions about Willingham’s guilt: In taped interviews, Webb, who has previously both recanted and affirmed his testimony, gives his first detailed account of how he lied on the witness stand in return for efforts by the former prosecutor, John H. Jackson, to reduce Webb’s prison sentence for robbery and to arrange thousands of dollars in support from a local wealthy rancher. Newly uncovered letters and court files show that Jackson worked diligently to intercede for Webb after his testimony and to coordinate with the rancher to keep the mercurial informer in line. read more

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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