Lorenzo’s had a busy few weeks since his release on July 11. He has returned to his hometown of Yonkers, NY, rejoined his family, and started working at his old job again. He has also taken to the streets to fight for the wrongfully convicted!
On Wednesday, August 2, Lorenzo took part in a rally supporting wrongfully convicted prisoner Jon Velazquez.
With Jon Velazquez’s mother and supporters, including Jeff Deskovic (upper left) and New York City Councillor Andy King (bottom right).
Lorenzo with Jeffrey Deskovic, Anthony DiPippo and Kian Khattibi. Together, these men endured 70 years of imprisonment for wrongful convictions.
Click here for Lorenzo’s speech at the rally.
From Lorenzo’s visit to his legal team in Philly last month:
With Marissa Bluestine, Legal Director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project
With lawyers from the Philadelphia Capital Habeas Unit who represented Lorenzo in Federal Court.
Finally, Lorenzo has also kept up his Huffington Post blog. Here’s his first blog post written as a free man:
I Just Walked Free after 22 Years in Prison for a Crime I Didn’t Commit. I Still Want Justice.
Today, July 11th, 2017, Lorenzo Johnson walked out of Dauphin County Courthouse a free man. To bring an end to the pain and suffering of his loving family, Lorenzo has accepted a deal with the PA Attorney General’s office that led to his immediate release from prison.
Thank you to all of Lorenzo’s supporters near and far. His fight to make his story known, to free the innocent, and to end all wrongful convictions goes on. This is just the beginning.
For more press coverage of today’s events, click here.
The Case of Lorenzo Johnson
Lorenzo Johnson, who has served 22 years in prison, will have a hearing seeking to overturn his conviction on July 11, 2017, before Senior Judge Lawrence F. Clark, of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. Judge Clark recently ruled that he would hear a broad range of the innocence claims of Lorenzo Johnson.
Johnson had served almost 17 years in prison when he won his freedom in 2012, after the Federal Appeals Court for the Third Circuit overturned his conviction. The Pennsylvania Attorney General appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. A mere 148 days after gaining his freedom, on May 29, 2012, the United States Supreme Court, in a quick and shocking decision, without even requesting a full briefing and oral arguments, reinstated Lorenzo’s conviction and he was ordered to return to Pennsylvania to resume his sentence of life without parole, where he resides today.
Today marks the 5th Anniversary of when I turned myself back into prison for a crime I never committed.
But on July 11, 12, and 13, I will have the chance to clear my name once and for all in court!
The prosecution in my case turned over NEVER seen before Case Discovery to my legal team. This Case Discovery I speak on was withheld from me and ALL of my prior attorneys for 18½ years. Not only was the prosecution’s only witness was labeled a SUSPECT in this same murder I’ve been wrongfully convicted of, I was also furnished with a written statement from this same witness, for almost two decades I was told this witness never made a written statement. So I had to honor a police summary of this witness. Well, this statement shows my innocence and contradicts what this witness testified to from my preliminary hearing to my trial. To make a long story short, the prosecution in my case let this false testimony go un-correct from the lower court all the way up to the United States Supreme Court who relied on this testimony to Reinstate my conviction when I was a free man. This was done knowingly.
Mumia Abu-Jamal, also incarcerated at SCI Mahanoy in Pennsylvania, has recorded a new radio essay about Lorenzo:
“Educated in Hell, The Imprisonment of Lorenzo Cat Johnson,” Mumia Abu Jamal
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