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Joseph Antoniewicz



Felony Murder


Life Imprisonment

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"Joseph Antoniewicz was a co-defendant of William A. Hallowell and Edward H. Parks. All three were under 18 when wrongly convicted of felony-murder in the death of 52-year-old Harry Thompson who died nine days after the three robbed him of $15 on May 21, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They all pled guilty and were sentenced to life in prison. On February 14, 1968 their convictions were overturned by Judge Edmund B. Spaeth Jr. based on new evidence by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner Dr. Joseph W. Spellman that "Harry Thompson died as a result of a coronary heart disease, which was not caused, contributed to, or aggravated by the assault." The three co-defendants were released in March 1968 after almost 16 years of imprisonment."

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Nine days after a man was robbed of $15 he died.

Innocence Proved By:

"Felony murder conviction overturned based on new evidence by the Philadelphia medical examiner that the victim "died as a result of a coronary heart disease, which was not caused, contributed to, or aggravated by the assault.""

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Information Source 1:

"“In Spite of Innocence: Erroneous Convictions in Capital Cases,” Michael L Radelet, Hugo Adam Bedau, and Constance E. Putnam, Northeastern University Press, Boston, 1992 p. 282-3."

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"“Miscarriages of Justice in Potentially Capital Cases,” Hugo Adam Bedau & Michael L. Radelet, Stanford Law Review, November, 1987, Vol. 40, p. 92."

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"Judge Rules 'Murder' in '52 Did Not Occur, By Associated Press, The New York Times, February 15, 1968, pg. 49"

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