A New Year Message from Lorenzo

Happy New Year, from my family to yours.

To all of my supporters, your families and friends,

Happy New Year!!! I hope this year will be better than last year for everyone. For everyone who has someone in my situation, I pray that all suffering comes to an end. For those who are suffering from an illness, I hope this year you’re healed or get better. Those who struggled last year and are trying to get ahead in life, this is the year you finally get ahead–I’m pulling for everyone.

As for my status — I’m extremely happy to let everyone know our prayers have not fallen on deaf ears and I’ve been Blessed. My case is OFFICIALLY heading to the courtroom 🙂 The Court has issued an Order and my legal team is on top of everything. I can’t speak on their strategies but what I can say is that they are eagerly working to bring my nightmare to an end. I trust them and they are the best in their field (here in Pennsylvania). Soon as the instructions in the Order are met, I will finally have my day in court. It has been a long time coming and I embrace all that’s coming this year.

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New article: “Are Some Prosecutors Experts At Wrongful Conviction?”

Lorenzo’s latest on the Huffington Post. You can also read it here.

Are Some Prosecutors Experts At Wrongful Conviction?

by Lorenzo Johnson

To be clear, this article in is no way directed at those government agents and prosecutors who do not abuse their power to seek or maintain false convictions. But since 1989, almost 2,000 people have been exonerated of crimes they never committed — a number that just scratches the surface of the true tally of wrongful convictions. Most of these people were sentenced to the death penalty, life sentences, or decades in prison. The average time they spent in prison was between 13½ and 15 years. And again, that’s only those who were fortunate enough to be exonerated. The rest of us — and there are many of us — have to fight daily to expose our innocence and the injustice we have suffered.

When wrongful convictions are viewed as mistakes while new records of exonerations are set yearly, we have to ask: are we turning a blind eye to injustice or does society just not want to call it for what it really is?

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Still Waiting on a Court Date

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Team Lorenzo Johnson member Thomas Dichter visiting Lorenzo at SCI Mahanoy.

Lorenzo is still waiting on a court date for an evidentiary hearing in which a judge will finally review his evidence of innocence. It’s been two years and counting since he submitted his last Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) petition supplement.

Lorenzo in HuffPo: Beyond Body Cameras

Check out Lorenzo’s latest blog for the Huffington Post:

“Police Body Cameras Are OK, But How To Protect Innocent Prisoners?”

Police officers are increasingly being required to wear body cameras so that their use of force can be documented and judged. But what about the action that takes place behind the scenes — in police stations and prosecutors’ offices? It’s time to think about what measures can be put in place to hold all law enforcement accountable. As an innocent prisoner and avid writer on wrongful convictions, I say it’s time not to only present solutions, but enforce them, too.

Check out the whole piece here.

September Update from Lorenzo

Dear Supporters,

Let me start by saying I can’t thank everyone enough, in the states and out of the country for your continued support of me and my innocence. I’m in good health mentally as well as physically. My wife has made a full recovery from her surgery. She’s back on the frontline assisting me in our pursuit of Justice.

I’m patiently awaiting the exact date that my Evidentiary Hearing is taking place. It was scheduled to take place for early fall with the judge making his decision this year. After 20 years of being innocent in prison, I’m finally getting the opportunity to present my Innocence, Police/Prosecution Misconduct and Ineffective Assistance Counsel claims.

It’s been a long time and I wish this pain on no one. There has been two huge wins for the innocent here in Pennsylvania. Innocent Death Row Prisoner James Dennis and Lifer Anthony Wright. What led to Mr. Dennis New Trial and Mr. Wright Acquittal, Grave Prosecution Misconduct and DNA. They each have spent 25 years in prison, while their prosecutors knew they were innocent all along…..

It’s sad that this is a common occurrence in our criminal justice system. That’s why it’s imperative we continue we continue to stand by the Innocent and continue to raise awareness. Without the support of attorneys, family, friends and supporters our cases will continue to be swept under the rug.

I’m one of MANY innocent prisoners. When one of us gets a win, it’s a moral win for all of us. It gives us hope that if we keep fighting–we can be next. I recently told a supporter, “My body is just here (prison) trying to catch up with my soul that dwells outside of these walls. I will NEVER get comfortable or used to this place because I’m innocent.”

I would like to thank everyone for your support, even those who are supporting other innocent prisoners–it’s the same fight. For those who can make a contribution please do so, it’s needed for TeamFreeLorenzoJohnson to stay afloat.

For those who would like to email directly on my tablet I own here (prison), you must go to connectnetwork.com. If you have a problem, go to www.gtl.net/padoc for step-by-step instructions. I look forward to hearing from you.

I will close with a quote from the Newest member of TeamFreeLorenzoJohnson, Erica from Iowa: “Nothing can break the bond of love… Not even prison bars and barbed wire.”

“The Pain Within”

Free The Innocent,

Lorenzo “Cat” Johnson

Lorenzo and Tazza during a visit this summer.
In a New York state of mind.
Erica from Iowa is rocking the Free Lorenzo Johnson t-shirt!

Lorenzo in HuffPost: “An Innocent Prisoner’s Will To Be Free”

Lorenzo shares his powerful story of representing himself pro se and finding the strength to fight on in the midst of a situation that seemed hopeless:

Unfortunately, once my direct appeal was denied, I no longer had a lawyer. I could not afford to hire my own attorney. I’ll never forget sitting in the prison cell with nowhere else to turn. I looked in the mirror and told myself, “The time is now. You can do it.”

Read the whole post here on the Huffington Post.

August Update from Lorenzo

I hope everyone and your families are well physically as well as mentally.

Before I go on, I would like to ask everyone to pardon my delay on this long overdue update on my status. My wife (Tazza) was hospitalized and had to have an emergency surgery. So I had to place a lot of things on hold until her health got better. She is now 90% back to her normal self and mobile once again. Being she is the go-between person for a lot of what I do, I had to make sure she was okay before I took care of everything else. She is now on her way to a full recovery.

Now as for myself, all of the hard work to vindicate myself of a crime that has stolen 20 years of my life–is finally starting to pay off. My court dates will begin in early fall. When I get the exact dates, I will share them. I thank everyone for your continued support, and for those who share my story through your networks–Please continue.

I am still fighting hard to prove my innocence once and for all, at the same time educate society on wrongful convictions. The time have come for my Legal Team to do the fighting in the courtroom. I don’t only trust them representing me, I trust them with my Life– That is what’s literally at stake. They have done a wonderful job bringing my innocence to the forefront. Now it will be argued infront of a judge. I like my chances and I’m extremely confident the end is not only near but upon us.

For everyone voting for the next president. I pray that you will take in consideration who will help make a change, your personal views, and not just your loyalty to the party you belong to. This also goes for voting for public officials in our communities who enforce the law and constitution regarding Race Equality in our Criminal Justice System. The time for change is NOW.

Please feel free to share and publish my articles in your social networks. I had to send my tablet out for repair (You know they sell us defected appliances), I just received it back after a month. So everyone who have opened accounts through connectnetwork.com to send me emails directly, I will answer more quickly now that I can use my tablet instead of the prison Kiosk Machines.

For those who would like to contribute funds (it’s needed), you can send it through the website, Jpay.com code: (Lorenzo Johnson #DF1036, PA DOC), or Lorenzo Johnson, P.O. BOX 1008, Yonkers, NY 10702. Thanks in advance for everyone’s continued support. Please stay involved.The end is NEAR.

“The Pain Within”

Free The Innocent, Lorenzo ‘Cat’ Johnson

New Article by Lorenzo for the Huffington Post

Check out Lorenzo’s latest article, “When Courts are Used as a Weapon Against the Innocent.”

In it, he discusses the restrictions that innocent prisoners face in their attempts to appeal convictions and argue their cases.

He writes: “Sometimes prosecutors withhold exculpatory evidence of a defendant’s innocence, and don’t turn it over until they are forced to.” Other times, defense attorneys fail to exercise due diligence.

Lorenzo finishes by saying that “until the day comes when culprits responsible for wrongful convictions are held fully accountable — wrongful convictions will never stop.”

Be sure to read the whole article online here.