Lorenzo Johnson, an innocent man, was convicted of a 1995 murder in Harrisburg, PA and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit concluded that there was insufficient evidence to convict him and ordered his release in October 2011. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States. During the pendency of this appeal, Lorenzo was granted appeal bail and was freed (conditionally) in January 2012. On May 29, 2012 the Supreme Court of the United States summarily reversed the 3rd Circuit's ruling and reinstated Lorenzo's conviction citing that the 3rd Circuit "failed to afford due respect to the role of the jury". He reported back to state prison on June 14, 2012 to finish serving his life sentence. This is a travesty of justice. Lorenzo had the sweet taste of 5 months of freedom and now it's been snatched from underneath him.
Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Kathleen Kane, Esq.