Saturday, December 27, 2008

Joseph Green Brown

1987 27. Joseph Green Brown Florida Conviction: 1974, Charges Dismissed: 1987
Charges were dropped after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the prosecution had knowingly allowed false testimony to be introduced at trial. Brown was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death on the testimony of Ronald Floyd, a co-conspirator who claimed he heard Brown confess to the murder. Floyd later retracted and admitted his testimony was lie. Brown came within 13 hours of execution when a new trial was ordered. Brown was released a year later when the state decided not to retry the case. (Brown v. Wainwright, 785 F.2d 1457 (11th Cir. 1986); Los Angeles Times, 5/10/87; and Charlotte Observer, 3/8/87).
Read "Yes, I'm Angry..." by Sydney Freedberg in The St. Petersburg Times
Read "Fourteen Years..." by George Anderson in America Magazine

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