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Clarence Gilmore Boogie





Life Imprisonment

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"Clarence Gilmore Boogie was wrongly convicted in 1935 of the murder of a 78-year-old man in Spokane, Washington in 1933. Boogie was convicted based on the prosecutors suborning perjury by two "jailhouse' snitches who testified Boggie had confessed to them, and eyewitnesses who saw the murderer running away who erroneously identified Boggie. After his conviction by a jury Boogie was sentenced to life in prison. Writer and lawyer Erle Stanley Gardner wrote a series of remarkable articles for Argosy magazine uncovering the truth of Boggie's case from Sept. 1948 to March 1949. It was discovered that Boogie was innocent, and another man was identified as John Doe was the actual murderer. Clarence Boogie was released from prison, and he was granted a pardon by Washington Governor Monrad C. Wallgren in December 1948."

Conviction Caused By:

"Prosecutorial misconduct of eliciting the perjurious testimony of two "jailhouse" snitch informants, and erroneous eyewitness identification"

Innocence Proved By:

Clarence Boogie was pardoned by Washington Governor Monrad Wallgren in December 1948 after an investigation by The Court of Last Resort and The Seattle Times uncovered evidence of Boggie's innocence and the identity of the actual murderer..

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Information Source 1:

"“Miscarriages of Justice in Potentially Capital Cases,” Hugo Adam Bedau & Michael L. Radelet, Stanford Law Review, November, 1987, Vol. 40, p. 98+."

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"The Court of Last Resort, by Erle Stanley Gardner, William Sloane Assoc (NY), 1952, pp. 27-85."

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"The Incredible Cae of Clarence Boggie, by Erle Stanley Gardner, Argosy magazine, March, 1949"

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Book About Case:

"The Court of Last Resort, by Erle Stanley Gardner, William Sloane Assoc (NY), 1952, pp. 27-85."

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