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

Posted by

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 — 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. 



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s