JDL Attorneys LLP, attorneys for Oregon death row inmate Michael Spencer Washington, Jr., have filed a 250-page opening brief challenging the conviction in the Oregon Supreme Court, in case S058490. The brief is available at the firm's website.
According to the brief, Washington was convicted of the murder of Muhammad Jabbie in 2010. The principle evidence came from Shirleen Stafford, who confessed to the murder, but fingered Washington after prosecutors cut her a deal. Stafford is now free, and Washington is on Oregon's death row.
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"In my opinion, after reviewing this case and comparing it to the other capital crimes in Oregon's history, this case may well have been based on the thinnest evidence in Oregon's history of capital punishment," says Bronson James, Washington's lead attorney. "Mr. Washington has always maintained his innocence in this crime. The only person we know for certain who is responsible for Mr. Jabbie's death is Shirleen Stafford, and she's walking free, thanks to her deal with the state."
The brief raises over twenty claimed errors committed by the trial court in the case, inlcuding improper contact between the court an the jury, secret court security measures, and prosecutorial miscondct.
No date for argument in the case is currently set.
(source: Associated Press)