A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

By Burt Rose

You can read the Opinion here:

http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/162174258/embed?access_key=key-2n5pcaporgvmisw0asgh

On August 21, 2013, Judge Anita B. Brody of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted a petition for a writ of habeas corpus of James Dennis in civil action number 11–1660.

Dennis alleged that he had been wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to death for the killing of a woman in 1991. Judge Brody ruled that the Commonwealth (ADA Roger King) had improperly withheld exculpatory and impeachment evidence from the defense at the time of the trial, the cumulative effect of which denied Dennis due process of law. He must be retried within 120 days or set free (after serving over 20 years in prison).

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