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PA lifer won freedom, but back after reversal

December 18, 2013
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Supporters of a Pennsylvania inmate released from a life sentence, only to be called back to prison, are pushing his case at the state Capitol.

Lorenzo Johnson was convicted as an accomplice to a 1995 Harrisburg murder. He was released last year after a U.S. appeals court found the evidence lacking.

But his freedom proved short-lived.

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision in January, just five months after Johnson went free.

About 15 people traveled to the state Capitol on Wednesday to push his case.

Lawyer Michael Wiseman believes new evidence adds even more weight to the 43-year-old's bid for freedom.

The Attorney General's Office says the Supreme Court has upheld the conviction.

But spokesman Joe Peters says the office will meet with Johnson's lawyers next month.



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