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Judge Finally Releases Man Convicted With “Coaxed False Testimony”; Cites Prosecutor’s Misconduct

December 14th, 2010 by mopns · No Comments

Coaxed false testimony from witnessses, prosecutors witholding evidence? Reminds us of the show “trials” African Americans used to endure during the Jim Crow old south. What a travesty of justice!

St. Louis Beacon:

Basing his findings on evidence that unfolded during a three-day hearing in July, the judge ruled Helmig did not murder his mother, and that his trial was corrupted by an inept defense, prosecutors’ misconduct, and police statements that were not to true.

McElwain’s decision faulted Kenny Hulshof and Robert Schollmeyer, who prosecuted the case, and Christopher J. Jordan, Helmig’s defense lawyer at his trial in 1996. The judge’s ruling said Hulshof and Schollmeyer coaxed false testimony from witnesses. Among the witnesses were Missouri State Trooper Robert Westfall and Fowler, the county sheriff, whose statements on the witness stand did not conform to the facts and misled the jury. The ruling also said the prosecutors withheld evidence that could have helped Helmig’s case. Read more…

Related:

KSHB: Helmig freed, says he’s still looking for justice

AG Chris Koster’s statement

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