10/7/14

Who is Christopher Abruzzo?

You can hear Lorenzo reading this statement aloud here.

For most people, the name Christopher Abruzzo is unknown. Although a State Official for over two decades, his name is not a household word. But, to me, I’ll never forget that name; he was the Deputy Attorney General who presided over the False and Malicious Prosecution of two Innocent men in 1996. How do I know that? I’m one of those men.

In 1997, AG Abruzzo allowed false testimony to be given repeatedly to a jury; testimony a new release of hidden records now shows, nineteen (19) years later that both the AG and Police knew was False and Misleading.

Unfortunately, the jury didn’t know. If they knew what was withheld, there never could have been a False Conviction or even an arrest.

But Abruzzo was ambitious. He wanted to make a case. He went to the extent of telling the jury that the Chief Witness had no reason to lie. What Abruzzo failed to do, was tell the jury and defense lawyers that this witness was a suspect in this crime. He made a case; a bad one, a corrupt one.

Now, Abruzzo’s name has surfaced again. This time, as a part of a Government Scandal of officials circulating sexually explicit and racist materials via emails.

Abruzzo accepted and sent dozens of such messages on his office’s computer; a violation of OAG guidelines. Pornographic emails? Hundreds of them?

What does this say about Abruzzo’s judgement? His thinking? His character? But remember, he prosecuted two young men, Lorenzo Johnson and Corey Walker, with False Testimony. What kind of character is that?

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