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Baltimore Man Exonerated of Murder After 30 Years in Prison

Society & Culture  (tags: crime, ethics, freedoms, government, goodnews )

- 290 days ago -
For 30 years, Jerome Johnson maintained that he was innocent of the 1988 killing of a Baltimore man inside the Nite Owl bar. On Monday, a judge agreed.


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Phyllis P (232)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 6:34 am
"Today marks the first time in 30 years that the criminal justice system has worked for Jerome," said Shawn Armbrust, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. The nonprofit at The George Washington University helped set him free. Johnson served most recently in the state prison in Hagerstown, where he woke each morning at 5:30 to pray and work out. Once free Monday afternoon, he hugged his brother and shook hands with his three nephews. "He looks at it like it was part of his journey," said his brother, Shawn Morgan. "He's very spiritual." Taylor was killed 30 years ago this month. Witnesses told police Taylor had been arguing with several men on the street outside the Nite Owl on Woodland Avenue in Park Heights. Someone drew a gun and tried to shoot Taylor, witnesses said, but he ran inside.

Phyllis P (232)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 6:36 am
Prosecutors say a witness in 1997 placed Johnson some distance from the scene of the killing. The shooter admitted to the crime in 2000, prosecutors say, and said Johnson wasn't there. Johnson's case was taken up five years ago by Nancy Forster, the former public defender of Maryland. She investigated further and contacted Lipscomb's unit, which then recruited help from the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. The nonprofit, founded in 2000, works to correct and prevent the conviction of innocent people in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Officials say they have helped secure the release and exoneration of 28 innocent men who served a combined 494 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. On Monday, Lipscomb presented the new evidence to Judge Charles Peters and asked for a new trial. Then she dropped the charges against Johnson. Outside the courthouse, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby thanked Taylor's family for supporting the exoneration. "My heart breaks for the family of Aaron Taylor," Mosby said. "I thank them for their wisdom and their grace.

Animae C (508)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 6:43 am
Absolutely wonderful!!
Will he be receiving any compensation for a life lost???

Similar happened this week in South Australia, this man was actually my neighbour!

"An Adelaide man who spent 20 years in prison only to have his murder conviction quashed in 2014 has welcomed the South Australian Government's decision to pay him $2.5 million in compensation."

Leo C (312)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 7:20 am
Thank you for sharing!

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 8:38 am
Wonderful. But the part of his life that was lost cannot be restored.......

Don't we all know this? And Obama decided to not pardon Leonard Peltier even though everyone including Obama knows the truth that Leonard was framed by the FBI....

Still so glad to see one freed...

Thanks for the posting.

Beryl L (78)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 8:57 am
I am so happy to read that he is for a free man

David C (78)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 1:08 pm
thanks, good news, but sadly it took so long

Dawn M (141)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 2:28 pm
Wow! That's great!

Suzanne L (89)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 2:55 pm
Thank you Phyllis. I cannot even Imagine how it must be to return to the world after 30 years confinement. I'm glad he has family and I'm sure he'll get that homecooked meal..

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 6:11 pm
Wonderful news. Sad that he had to waste 30 years o his life. Thanks Phyllis

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 6:13 pm
What a corrupt force that imprisoned that gentle man for a crime he didn't commit ! Where is his compensation for those lost years ???? Also what about the inefficient lawmen ?? They deserve punishment.

Trish K (29)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 6:21 pm
I am so happy that at least one young man received some justice. Maryland can afford to give him a very big check. I am sad that this happens to men and women of color everyday. Tomorrow is the day when we begin the reading of the Constitution with " We hold these truth's to be self evident that all men are created equal" We must be vigilant and hopeful that we have the power to change the world, not with our words but with our right actions. Thanks for the update Phyllis

MmAway M (522)
Tuesday July 3, 2018, 8:04 pm
Ty dear

Lona G (66)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 2:54 am
Good to see this man go free, albeit 30 years too late. It's very unclear if Jerome Johnson will ever be compensated for the 30 important years of his life or not, but he certainly deserves it so he can chronicle his life as a free man in the notebook he's been given, inviting him to step into Nelson Mandela's footsteps.

Jocelyn Koopmann (54)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 3:39 am
It is SO very sad someone suffers all that time for not their mistake but the courts.

Vivian F (487)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 8:28 am
A shame 1/2 his life is gone but at least he has the rest of his life to look forward to. It's great he was exonerated!

Anne K (139)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 5:22 pm
Thanks, Phyllis. Happy that he is free, but the nightmare he dealt with for 30 years - and now how difficult will it be for him to begin again his life as a free man? I hope he is compensated and doesn't have to find a job!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 11:30 pm
The best part of his life is gone though, how can he come to terms with that?

Winn Adams (179)
Thursday July 5, 2018, 5:15 am
So glad he is free, Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday July 6, 2018, 12:37 am
So glad he is free.

Mandi T (366)
Friday July 6, 2018, 12:59 pm
Oh my all those years. So happy he is free. Ty for sharing

Angela J (61)
Friday July 6, 2018, 9:26 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 11, 2018, 3:43 am
I'm happy that is free, but I would like him to receive justice after all these years in prison.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Thursday July 12, 2018, 9:50 pm
The best years of his life were hell, now he is free, hope he gets compensation to make up for all the wrong he suffered for 30 long years!

MmAway M (522)
Thursday July 12, 2018, 10:06 pm
Great comments and sorrow for all the lost years.
Henriette so happy to see you peek in.
Phyllis stunning post!
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