The Case of the Do-Nothing Judge
The Marshall Project
August 15, 2016

“For the past 45 years Wilbert Jones has sworn to anyone who would hear him that he did not kidnap and rape a woman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1971, crimes for which he is serving a life sentence. But only in the past five years or so have his attorneys and investigators been able to find compelling evidence that might support his claim of innocence. And it has been more than five years, from July 29, 2011 until today, that a Louisiana ‘commissioner,’ acting as a judge, has had the case and done nothing to either reject or embrace it.”

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