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Joseph Green Brown



First Degree Murder



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"Joseph Green Brown was wrongly convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Florida. Brown ws convicted on the basis of one witness who testified he was Brown's accomplice. The alleged accomplice was never prosecuted. A federal appeals court ruled that the prosecutor, who became a Tampa, Florida circuit judge, "knowingly used false testimony" during Brown's trial. (St. Petersburg Times 3/14/87)"

Conviction Caused By:

Perjured testimony of a prosecution informant who was never prosecuted in spite of admitting to being an accomplice in the murder.

Innocence Proved By:

Reversal of conviction by appeals court.

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Information Source 1:

"“In Spite of Innocence: Erroneous Convictions in Capital Cases,” Michael L Radelet, HugoAdam Bedau, and Constance E. Putnam, Northeastern University Press, Boston, 1996 pb ed. with new forward, p. 290."

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Death Penalty Information Center

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"St. Peterburg Times, March 14, 1987"

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