Friday, June 18, 2010

FINALLY, some progress toward Justice for All, Justice for Washington

ABOUT TIME! Remember that the former Police Chief Reynolds wrote a letter to Paul Thomson back in 1999 (I believe I recall correctly) suggesting that an investigation into the prosecution by the Commonwealth Attorney should be conducted by the Attorney General or the Chief Justice. And what about the police notes of 2-17-1999 about Paul Thomson "skimming money from drug dealers"

*Special prosecutor sought in 1994 Winchester murder case


By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com
WINCHESTER -- The father of a man imprisoned for a 1994 murder claims a court reporter altered transcripts of a hearing in his son's case.
After losing a civil suit in December, Frank Washington has sought a criminal probe into the matter.
Now Washington may get his wish.
Commonwealth's Attorney Alex Iden sought an order Thursday in Winchester Circuit Court asking a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Washington's allegations.
Iden said he couldn't comment on the order except to say he filed the request because he felt a conflict of interest existed if his office remained involved in the investigation.
Washington recently approached the Winchester Police Department to look into his allegations the transcripts of a preliminary hearing held in the general district court Oct. 5, 1994 were altered purposefully to omit a person identified then as a potential witness in his son's murder case.
The incident number to which Iden refers in the court order is the same as the one given to the elder Washington, the father said. Washington expressed some satisfaction that his allegations may receive some attention by a special prosecutor.
Jeffrey Washington is serving a 70-year prison sentence for the Aug. 16, 1994, shooting death of 22-year-old Carlos Marshall.
The elder Washington maintains his son's innocence and has said he entered a plea agreement only after then Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Thomson threatened to seek the death penalty against the defendant in the case.
For further developments, visit nvdaily.com or read the print edition of The Northern Virginia Daily.

4 comments:

M said...

This is positive news. Thank you for pursuing this for us all. Thank you for your effort in making the world a better place.

J R "States" Manship said...

Dear M,

Whoever you may be, thank YOU for your kind comments both on pursuing this and working to make the world a better place. Each one of us and our actions are the way to make this world better.

Please take time today to pen a personal letter of Petition to Governor McDonnell to Pardon Jeff Washington. The Pen is mightier than the sword...

In GW, James

JessieBug said...

Paul Thomson was arrested yesterday on unrelated charges: http://www.winchesterstar.com/articles/view/ex_commonwealth_s_attorney_arrested

J R "States" Manship said...

Thank you Jessie Bug. While an "unrelated charge" per the press story, in reality it is related, because in the recent charges Paul Thomson was caught Witness Tampering and Evidence Tampering to cover-up phone records that connected him to drug dealing. In the transcripts of 5 October 1994, the woman who provided a phone to drug dealer Carlos Marshall was "erased out" of the witnesses to the crime scene. Very possibly, Paul Thomson or his aides name and phone numbers would have been on that woman's phone records used by drug dealer Carlos Marshall.