Crosley Green spent 30 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
In 1990, a Brevard, Florida prosecutor falsely accused Green of murder. Green, who never pleaded guilty, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to die in electric chair. He spent 20 years on death row before being re-sentenced to life in prison.
Questions about the legitimacy of Green’s accusation began to arise many years ago, ranging from the misidentification of photographs to the lack of physical evidence. Furthermore, all but one of the government witnesses recanted their testimony, alleging that the prosecutor had put pressure on them and forced them to give false evidence.
In April 2021, a judge dropped all charges against Green, but the Florida Attorney General said he did not agree with the decision and filed an appeal against the court’s decision. Now Green, who spent 31 years and 10 months behind bars, is awaiting a trial that could lead him back to prison.
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“I gotta be honest with you,” Green says. “I really don’t believe I’m goin’ back. I really believe that, deep down in my soul. I’m not going back to prison.”
“I feel an immense amount of relief for Crosley Green and his family,” journalist Erin Moriarty said. “But I won’t be able to exhale until the U.S. Court of Appeals finally affirms what our reporting has shown: that Crosley Green was denied his right to a fair trial.”
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against wrongful convictions and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the victim.