Terell Johnson Speaks in Criminal Defense Practicum; Open to all Pitt Law Students
On Monday, December 2 at 4:30pm in Room G18, the Criminal Defense Practicum will feature guest speaker Terell Johnson and will be open to any student interested in attending.
Mr. Johnson was convicted of a homicide in 1995 based on the eye witness testimony of a woman who had a history of crimen falsi and drug addiction. He maintained his innocence for years and was initially awarded a new trial following claims of ineffective assistance of trial counsel in 2001, but the Superior Court reversed the award of a new trial. Finally over ten years later he was again awarded a new trial based on after discovered evidence that directly contradicted the claims of the eye witness. Despite being offered a plea deal for time served at that point (17 years), Mr. Johnson elected to proceed to trial as he had always maintained his innocence. In 2013 he was acquitted. He now speaks out about his conviction and the justice system and the importance of defense counsel and their role in listening to their client. He is a great resource for those considering a career in criminal work and reminder of the role of defense counsel and how important it is to build the attorney-client relationship.