Here's a summary of several legal developments in the Crosley Green case in 2018:
July 2018: Crosley Green won a new trial after the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida "ruled that prosecutor Chris White improperly suppressed crucial evidence from Green's attorneys that might have resulted in a different verdict." As John A. Torres reports for Florida Today, "this is known as a Brady violation."
August 2018: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi had appealed the July 2018 federal court ruling that granted Crosley Green a new trial.
September 2018: Crosley Green's attorneys responded to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's appeal to deny Green a new trial with a "claim of actual innocence." Green's attorneys are continuing to fight, including a "63-page cross appeal" that serves to "preserve the record and keep certain assertions active in case they need to them up before the U.S. Supreme Court."
The situation has not been resolved, pending court rulings.
Crosley Green and his attorney at a court hearing.
(Source: Florida Today)
Crosley Green was wrongfully convicted of the murder of Chip Flynn in 1990. For more than 25 years, Green has been fighting to prove his innocence and win back his freedom.
Learn more about Crosley Green's case in my previous post:Crosley Green - Miscarriage of Justice
On Friday, December 15, 2017, the 11th District Court of Appeals gave Crosley Green an important legal victory.
According to Florida Today:
"[It] reversed a lower court's decision that Green's attempt to appeal his conviction was untimely and therefore couldn't be heard. Now the decision by the Atlanta court means there will likely be a hearing regarding Green’s case and his claim of 'actual innocence' amid accusations of prosecutorial misconduct"
This means that there may likely be a hearing regarding in Green's case in 2018. His attorneys "want to present their case in open court, arguing the conviction was rife with inconsistencies and a pattern of misconduct by the state."
This is a hopeful turn in a painful case. Let's hope that Crosley Green can be a free man in 2018!
Source of information:
Florida Today, "In major legal victory, Crosley Green may get a chance to prove his innocence," by John A. Torres, December 16, 2017: