Each of us, each day, finds our fate in the hands of other people, whether or not we recognize this. The driver heading the opposite way on the road. The pharmacist counting out medication. The hydroelectric engineer testing to ensure our water supply is safe. The assembly line worker packaging our food. However, Christopher Dunn… Continue reading Our souls laid bare, we wait
Welcome home, Lamar Johnson! February 14, 2023 was a day of absolution and long-awaited rejoicing for Mr. Johnson, his family, and the devoted teams who worked for years to secure justice in his case. A time-intensive collaboration of many dedicated people led to this outcome – but no labor was more significant than the persistent efforts… Continue reading Lamar Johnson Is Free, Thanks to a Courageous Prosecutor
Christopher Dunn’s legal team filed a habeas corpus petition with the Supreme Court of the United States on December 16, 2022. Copies were distributed for conference on January 13, 2023, and the Missouri Attorney General’s office was asked to respond by February 6, 2023.The petition asks three questions:1. Is it cruel and unusual punishment and… Continue reading Christopher Dunn asks SCOTUS – Does innocence matter today in the USA?
It would be difficult to overstate how hopeful Chris, his family, and his legal team felt upon hearing this news. On August 31, 2022, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner filed a motion to vacate the wrongful conviction of Lamar Johnson. Enacted on August 28, 2021, R.S. Mo. Statute 547.031, allows prosecutors to correct such… Continue reading Top Prosecutor Files Motion to Release Lamar Johnson, a Wrongfully Convicted Citizen
It is June 16, 2022. More than a year and a half after Judge William Hickle wrote in his order than Christopher Dunn clearly meets the standards for both gateway and freestanding actual innocence. More than a year and a half since Chris should have walked out of prison as a free man and welcomed… Continue reading Will Missouri Ever Recognize Innocence?
“He fasts each year on the anniversary of Rogers’ murder, and wants his family to know that ‘he did not take their child from them,’ ” Kansas City Star, November 25, 2021 When Chris was offered 10 years to plead guilty, he turned it down. He couldn’t bring himself to admit to something he did… Continue reading Justice for Recco
What a joyful month in 2022! April 11 and April 22 saw the release of Keith Carnes and Michael Politte! We rejoice with these innocent men and their families. While charges against Keith Carnes were dropped, Michael Politte is out on parole and will continue fighting to clear his name. We know that these men… Continue reading Keith Carnes and Michael Politte are free!
“It is difficult to imagine a free society where it is not a manifest injustice to imprison an innocent person.” Sean D. O’Brien There’s lots of talk about the Lincoln v. Cassady ruling, but the legal incarceration of innocent Missouri citizens didn’t start there. The appeals court in that ruling drew heavily on the case… Continue reading When did it become legal to lock up innocent people in Missouri?
The innocence case of Keith Carnes has been wending its way through the Missouri courts. A recent evidentiary hearing revealed dramatic details about exculpatory information withheld by prosecutors, and it appears that the likelihood of Mr. Carnes’ freedom is increasing by the day. We are tremendously hopeful that Mr. Carnes will finally see justice after… Continue reading Keith Carnes – Innocent Man Awaits Missouri Court Ruling