Ken Middleton has a new chance at justice.
FROM ABC NEWS:
Man remains behind bars nearly 20 years after conviction overturned
"Ken Middleton remains behind bars for a shooting he said was an accident...The nightmare gripping Ken Middleton's family appeared to be possibly over in 2005."
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asking Jackson Co Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker to abide by her oath of office and follow the plain clear language of Missouri Statue (547.031) allowing Ken Middleton the justice he deserves.
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Why is Jean Peters Baker hiding behind a jurisdictional defect and refusing to correct Ken Middleton’s wrongful conviction by not using her newfound jurisdiction as SB 53 states?
Jean's own advisor agreed he was wrongfully convicted 16 years ago; isn’t that information of an erroneous conviction?
SENATE BILL 53
MOTION TO VACATE OR SET ASIDE THE VERDICT
This act provides that a prosecuting or circuit attorney may file a motion to vacate or set aside the judgment at any time if he or she has information that the convicted person may be INNOCENT or may have been ERRONEOUSLY CONVICTED. The circuit court in which the person was convicted SHALL HAVE JURISDICTION and authority to consider, hear, and decide the motion. Upon the filing of such a motion, the court shall order a hearing and issue findings of fact and conclusions of law on all issues presented.
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On Ken Middleton's Wrongful Conviction
Prosecutorial Misconduct, Police Corruption, and Insufficient Counsel:
This is the story of Ken Middleton.
In 1990 Ken’s wife, Kathy, was killed in a tragic accident involving a handgun. Following the heartbreaking loss of his beloved wife, Ken found himself caught up in a nightmare from which he simply cannot awake. He was indicted for first degree murder. He stood accused of having killed Kathy.
Fact: Ken Middleton TURNED DOWN an Alford Plea offer.
If Ken would have accepted this Alford Plea, a plea that even the West Memphis Three accepted, he could walk away a free man! They would consider his period of incarceration to that point sufficient enough to meet their sentencing requirement.
With appeals exhausted,
He wouldn't even consider it!
No guilty man would turn that down!
Fact: The original trial judge overturned HER OWN CASE, granting Ken a new trial.
In 2005, Judge Edith Messina ruled Mr. Middleton was "abandoned by post-conviction counsel, thus providing just cause to re-open his Rule 29.15 proceeding." She then held a two day evidentiary hearing that convinced her to grant him a new trial.
6 days later, the state filed a notice of appeal.
Fact: Former Missouri governor Joseph P. Teasdale testified he "would clearly have pardoned Mr. Middleton of all wrongdoing."
Mr. Teasdale exclaimed “In my 41 years as a lawyer, I had not witnessed such a violation of a defendant's constitutional rights.”
Our hope is that you, too, will be taken aback by the whole situation outlined on this site. That you will assist us by making everyone you know aware of Ken’s circumstances. With a sufficient amount of pressure exerted on Missouri’s Governor, Parson 573-751-3222 he will have no choice but to review the facts in this case. Following his review, we firmly believe that he will exercise his gubernatorial power to release Ken and clear his name. This is a last-ditch effort to end this nightmare for him and the rest of his family. They cannot rest until Ken is a free and completely exonerated man.
Ken has applied for Executive Clemency; a pardon with the State of Missouri. Your communcations urging Governor Parsont to back this application are absolutely appreciated!
Justice For All?
We have gathered a staggering number of FACTS to show that justice has not prevailed. Read for yourself how our system failed Ken Middleton