BRIEF CASE HISTORY

BRIEF CASE HISTORY

  1. Steven James was arrested in September of 1989 and charged with the crime of conspiracy to commit murder.

  2. A juvenile witness testified before a Grand Jury that Steven James was involved in the crime. This juvenile witness was denied his right to have a guardian or lawyer present to protect his rights which would have kept him free from police/prosecutorial manipulations.

  3. In December of 1989 Steven James was indicted on murder charges under the theory of “Joint Venture”. The evidence and facts in the case do not meet the elements of joint venture, just one of the “legal” flaws in this manipulated case of actual innocence.

  4. On July 27, 1990, the attorney representing Steven James files a motion to be provided with any promises, rewards, or inducements that the witnesses in the case were made. Mr. James is assured no such promises were made when in fact that state’s witness was offered a formal deal for his cooperation.

  5. On September 5, 1990, the Superior Court allows Steven James motion for a speedy trial at which time he planned to put forth his defense of actual innocence.

  6. The speedy trial was not honored, but yet Steven James was still forced to go to trial on the charge of murder. This is just another example of how the court rules have been manipulated in order to secure a conviction “at any cost”.

  7. On May 8, 1992, Steven James goes on trial for murder. This trial, based on manipulated evidence which was absolutely insufficient, full of misstatements of facts, and other indisputable errors, resulted in Steven James being convicted of MURDER for a crime he DID NOT commit! This trial lasted only three (3) days!

  8. On May 7, 1992, one (1) day before the trial, both witnesses in the case exercised their Fifth Amendment to the United Stated Constitution Rights not to testify as it may incriminate them. Shortly thereafter one witness was offered the “deal” by the state for his testimony; a deal which was not revealed to Steven James at trial.

  9. The Joint Venture “theory” was never proven at trial; not one (1) of the required joint venture legal elements was met. There is absolutely NO evidence of a joint venture, or of any crime, on the part of Steven James in this tragic case of true injustice.

  10. A State Trooper was even allowed to display his pistol at trial, an illegal and prejudicial act, but the court allowed it.

  11. At one point in the trial the trial judge admitted to not knowing the applicable law.

  12. A map, used as evidence, clearly displayed that the defendant was innocent as he was 6 to 7 blocks away and did not know what was going on nor was he capable as acting as a “lookout” as alleged.

3 comments

  1. WE WERE CHILDHOOD FRIENDS, HE WAS ALWAYS A RAPPER, JOKESTER, AND GOOD PERSON, BUT NEVER A MURDERER.. I ALWAYS HEARD OF HIS INNOCENCE.. GOD BLESS BRO… I UNDERSTAND THE SYSTEM, INJUSTICE IS NORMAL PROCEEDURE, ESPECIALLY OUT OF BROCKTON COURTS. I SEEN IT WITH MY OWN EYES…

  2. We support his fight for justice here in Ohio.

    Please keep my wife and I updated, and if there is anything we can do to help?

  3. Great guy. I remember him coming into the old Plymouth H.O.C. in late 89 early 90, just a kid. And I just left him last year in Shirley Medium. Still looks young and healthy. Still the same karismatic, funny, and likable guy he was almost 30 years ago. And heis still coming up with some amazing raps. Hope to one day soon see him out beyond the walls.

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