Graduation Date

Fall 12-31-2015

Grading Professor

Yoruba Richen

Subject Concentration

Urban Reporting

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


This project is a documentary film about the criminal case of Lorenzo Johnson. Johnson was convicted of a murder in the mid-90s and sentenced to life imprisonment in the state of Pennsylvania. Johnson has always maintained his innocence. In 2012, a federal appeals court sided with Johnson and released him. He returned to his home state of New York to speak out against wrongful convictions. However, less than 6 months later, the Supreme Court decided Johnson's original conviction should be upheld and he was forced to return to prison to serve the remainder of his life without the possibility of parole sentence.

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Criminal Law Commons



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