Innocence Project fights to access DA case files in Louisiana Sup Crt

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New Orleans Advocate:

In 1986, Anthony Johnson was convicted of stabbing his girlfriend to death in Bogalusa. He was sentenced to life in prison and might have stayed there β€” if lawyers from the Innocence Project New Orleans had not been able to use his criminal case file to find DNA evidence that freed him and ultimately proved his innocence.

Now, IPNO attorneys fear that a separate case from St. Landry Parish could prevent them from accessing those crucial case files in the future. On Tuesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court heard arguments about whether prosecutors can block access to such files when they receive requests from the attorneys for inmates. 

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