Allies of briefly-freed midstate inmate seek dismissal of case

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 19, 2013 9:37 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- Supporters of a Pennsylvania inmate who was released from a life sentence only to be sent back to prison are pushing his case at the state Capitol.

Lorenzo Johnson was convicted as an accomplice to a 1995 murder in Harrisburg. He was released last year after a U.S. appeals court found the evidence lacking and went to Yonkers, New York.

But his freedom proved short-lived. 

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision in January, five months after Johnson went free. 

About 15 people traveled to the state Capitol on Wednesday to urge the attorney general to dismiss the case. Lawyer Michael Wiseman says new evidence adds weight to Johnson's bid for freedom.

The state attorney general's office says the Supreme Court has upheld the conviction. But spokesman Joe Peters says the office will meet with Johnson's lawyers next month. 

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