Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gerard Richardson: New Jersey; Judge orders release of FBI file in 1994 murder after overturning conviction on defence request; Although new DNA evidence suggests that another man committed the murder, prosecutors insist he was still involved. Star-Ledger;

STORY: "Judge orders release of FBI file in 1994 murder after overturning conviction," by reporter Bill Wichert, published by the Star-Ledger on November 13, 2013.

GIST: "More than two weeks after overturning his 1995 conviction in the killing of an Elizabeth woman in Somerset County, a Superior Court judge today granted a defense request for federal authorities to turn over their file on the murder case against Gerard Richardson. Superior Court Judge Julie Marino ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to release its file on pre-trial forensic examination related to the case. Marino vacated Richardson’s conviction on Oct. 28 in light of new DNA evidence that suggests another man committed the murder. While Richardson maintains that those DNA test results prove his innocence, the defense is seeking the FBI file since prosecutors have yet to dismiss the charges against him, his attorney, Vanessa Potkin, said after a brief court hearing in Somerville. “We’re actively re-investigating the case too,” said Potkin, adding that the more the defense looks into the case, “the more clear it is that there is no credible evidence at all linking Gerard Richardson to the crime.” But prosecutors have said evidence presented at the November 1995 trial continues to suggest Richardson’s involvement in the murder."

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