Philadelphia Man Is Freed After 34 Years in Prison

By Aimee Ortiz, The New York Times | March 5, 2024

Stoneleigh Fellow Jennifer Merrigan spoke to the New York Times after her client had his sentencing vacated and his conviction reversed.

Ronald Johnson, who had spent more than three decades behind bars, was freed on Monday after a Philadelphia judge vacated his sentence and reversed his conviction, officials said.

Judge Scott DiClaudio granted Mr. Johnson’s bid for post-conviction relief by doing so. Prosecutors informed the court that they would not pursue a new trial and moved to dismiss all charges, which the judge granted.

That, his lawyer, Jennifer Merrigan, said, meant Mr. Johnson was a free man.

“There’s no way that they could retry him because there is absolutely no evidence against him,” Ms. Merrigan said in an interview on Tuesday.

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