Press conference (live stream): Crosley Green and lawyers demand justice as deadline approaches for 11th Circuit ruling
Join at 2:00 p.m. ET, April 27 in Titusville or on Facebook Live
Titusville, Florida – April 27, 2022: For the first time, Crosley Green and his Crowell & Moring voluntarily The legal team will outline their plans to keep Green free by asking the full panel of 11 judges from the 11and Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a recent decision by a three-judge panel that hangs Green’s freedom in the balance. The impact of their ruling could reaffirm that prosecutors should not withhold evidence directly pointing to a defendant’s innocence and therefore impact how prosecutors handle evidence of all crimes in the future. The court will decide whether or not to grant a reconsideration in the coming weeks. Join the press conference in Titusville, Florida, or via live stream on Facebook Live (details below).
In March, a panel of three judges from the 11and The Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Green, overturning a historic habeas victory in 2018 that overturned his conviction because prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence that first responders concluded another individual was the killer .
Green now faces the possibility of having his freedom stripped and returned to prison for a murder he did not commit. Green served nearly 32 years in prison, including 19 years on death row in Florida, while steadfastly maintaining his innocence. He was released in April 2021 under house arrest while his case is pending appeal. Lawyers for Green filed a petition with the 11and Circuit Court of Appeals for a rehearing on April 21. Crowell & Moring represented Green voluntarily since 2008 on the recommendation of the ABA Death Penalty Project.
Green’s lawyers will discuss:
- The significant implications of the panel’s decision, which allows prosecutors to conceal key evidence from defense counsel.
- What’s next in Green’s long fight for justice as the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals considers whether the full 11-judge tribunal will hear the case again, and what if they don’t? do not.
- A look at the trail of exonerations and other Brevard County cases from the late 1980s and 1990s that demonstrate a pattern of prosecutorial misconduct.
Green will be joined by members of his family. Green will discuss:
- How he handles the possibility of returning to prison.
- What it’s been like to live outside of prison for the past year as he reconciles with his family, keeps a job and meets his grandchildren for the first time.
- Green and his family will answer questions.
Diane Clarke, who was a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeant and one of two first responders to the crime scene, will also speak. The court’s opinion endangering Green’s freedom hinges on whether information Clarke had that was not disclosed by the state would have been helpful to the defense. Clarke will explain what she observed and why she told prosecutors another person was the likely killer.
- “If prosecutors are allowed to conceal and conceal evidence pointing to defense counsel’s innocence, it could impact all future defendants throughout the 11th Circuit – Florida, Georgia and Alabama “, said Keith J. Harrison, partner of Crowell & Moring, voluntarily Green’s advice.
- “Prosecutors pushed me to plead guilty. But I refused because I was innocent and believed the truth would come out in the justice system. Now it is my faith in God and the love of my family that keeps me going. Everyone should be afraid of what happened to me because it could happen to anyone,” Green said.
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Press conference (in person):
2:00 p.m. ET, April 27
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
801 Dummitt Ave., Titusville, FL 32780
*Built in 1889, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church is the largest African-American church in Titusville, Florida.
On Facebook Live:
Speakers (Green Family):
- Green Crosley
- Shirley White (Green’s sister)
- O’Connor Green (Green’s brother)
- Diane Clarke, former Brevard County Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeant and one of two first responders to the crime scene
- Kenneth B. Nunn, Professor of Law and Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn Memorial Racial Justice Term Professor (2021-22), University of Florida, Levin College of Law
More details on the case can be found here.
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