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DA Ogg appoints outside attorney to review innocence claim of Alfred Brown

May 2, 2018 GMT

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has a appointed a veteran criminal attorney to review the innocence claim of former death row inmate Alfred Dewayne Brown.

Ogg has appointed attorney John Raley to review the claim by Brown, who was freed in 2015 after the state’s highest criminal court ruled Harris County prosecutors violated his rights by failing to turn over evidence supporting his alibi. He was convicted in the death of Houston police officer and and employee of a check cashing business during an armed robbery.

“Prosecution is a search for the truth,” Ogg said Wednesday, in a press release. “John Raley has the experience and independence to review all the evidence.”

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted Brown a new trial which ruled that the state failed to disclose phone records supportive of Brown’s alibi.

Former District Attorney Devon Anderson ultimately dismissed Brown’s capital murder charge due to an inability to corroborate a co-defendant’s testimony, and declined to make a determination as to whether Brown was actually innocent.

Brown’s claim for $1.9 million to reimburse him for a wrongful conviction has been denied by the state because he had not been declared actually innocent.

Raley is a trial lawyer with the Houston-based commercial litigation firm of Raley & Bowick, LLP.

He is recognized nationally by prosecutors and defense lawyers for his work in actual innocence cases. His seven year fight to free Michael Morton led to the law bearing Morton’s name requiring prosecutors to share their complete investigation with defense lawyers.

“It is a mistake to draw conclusions about a case before the facts are fully analyzed,” Raley said. “People who do that try to make the facts suit their theories rather than make their theories suit the facts.”

He added, “We will do a thorough and independent review of the facts and the law pertaining to Alfred Brown.”