Melissa Calusinski Files Petition For Leave To Appeal With Illinois Supreme Court

Melissa Calusinski's post-conviction attorney Kathleen Zellner filed her clients Petition for Leave to Appeal yesterday, July 16, with a request for Oral Argument should the petition be granted. Calusinski's previous appeal to the 2nd District Court of Appeals was denied via an unpublished—by the court—opinion dated June 11. The granting of petitions by the Supreme Court of … Continue reading Melissa Calusinski Files Petition For Leave To Appeal With Illinois Supreme Court

Brendan Dassey and the SCOTUS Sucker Punch

I have written more drafts of this article than I care to count. This has me struggling more than any other case at the moment. At the heart of it is the crushing shock and disappointment, I suppose. I told myself I was prepared for the Supreme Court to refuse to hear his case, but … Continue reading Brendan Dassey and the SCOTUS Sucker Punch

Melissa Calusinski | The Elephant In The Room

*Update: Since the publication of this article, Melissa Calusinski will appeal directly to the Supreme Court of Illinois by July 16th. CJRJ will have updates on Kathleen Zellner's filing to the Supreme Court as soon as they are available. What will be seen by many as a setback, will likely be viewed as par for … Continue reading Melissa Calusinski | The Elephant In The Room

The Convoluted Consensus From The Court Of Criminal Appeals

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has finally handed down a ruling of sorts in the case of Daniel Holtzclaw. More than a year of waiting resulted in mixed emotions when the ruling was read. Initially it looked as if Daniel Holtzclaw finally had a ruling in his favor, but upon reading the actual order, … Continue reading The Convoluted Consensus From The Court Of Criminal Appeals

Silence Broken, Spirit Intact: Jermane Scott Speaks Out

Twenty-two years is a long time to remain silent. Jermane Scott broke that silence via a live radio interview with A9Radio397 in Springfield, Ohio this past week. During the 30-minute interview Scott spoke of a Springfield Police investigation that had only been in operation for 4 days before he was charged with the aggravated murder of … Continue reading Silence Broken, Spirit Intact: Jermane Scott Speaks Out

If I Could Have One Thing – Valentino Dixon

Recently I spoke with Valentino Dixon, and I discovered that he is a man of vision, energy, and perhaps most of all, faith. In prison for 26 years for a crime another man has confessed to seven separate times, he refuses to dwell on the past, and refuses to hold on to hate and anger. … Continue reading If I Could Have One Thing – Valentino Dixon

Jermane Scott: Jumping The Gun—Part. 3

For all documents provided via FOIA re Jermane Scott’s case please link to: Jermane Scott Case Files Jumping The Gun—Part.1 Jumping The Gun—Part.2 Monday the 9th of December was a crucial day in the investigation of the murder of Bertram Thomas. Key evidence, aided by a growing list of witnesses would further shape an investigation … Continue reading Jermane Scott: Jumping The Gun—Part. 3