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NEW CLEMENCY INITIATIVE FOR FEDERAL CONVICTIONS BRINGS HOPE

In April 2014, the Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole announced a new Clemency Iniative through the Department of Justice to the President of the United States whereby persons convicted of federal crimes can petition the President for relief under certain circumstances.  Our firm is qualified to prepare and file such a petition on behalf […]

CBS PROFILE OF MONTOYA CASE AND JLWOP

DENVER (CBS4) – “I was just sent to prison… for a crime I never committed,” Lorenzo Montoya says. At 29 years old, he has spent nearly half his life behind bars. But today he’s a free man, after making a deal with the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Back in 2000, the then young teenager was […]

LORENZO MONTOYA ADDED TO NATIONAL REGISTRY OF EXONERATIONS

At 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day, 2000, 29-year-old Emily Johnson, a special-education teacher and girls’ basketball coach, was found severely beaten on the patio of her home in Denver, Colorado. Her newly purchased Lexus was missing, as were the keys to the vehicle. Johnson died 36 hours later. A blood trail suggested to police […]

DNA EVIDENCE FREES MAN FROM PRISON 14-YEARS LATER

DENVER, Colorado (CBS) – Lorenzo Montoya, a 29-year-old man, was released from prison after a court in Denver overturned his murder conviction from nearly 14 years ago, according to CBS Denver. Montoya was convicted in the 2000 murder of 29-year-old Emily Johnson, a special education teacher at Skinner Middle School in northwest Denver. “He was […]

LORENZO MONTOYA, CONVICTED OF MURDER AT AGE 15, RELEASED AFTER LEGAL CHALLENGE

7 News DENVER – After 13 years, a man previously convicted of murder as a teenager had his charge changed and was released from prison Monday. Lorenzo Montoya was originally convicted of the first-degree murder of teacher Emily Johnson in 2000, when he was 15-years-old. Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, said […]

MAN RELEASED AFTER VACATED MURDER CONVICTION

9 News-DENVER – One of two juveniles convicted in connection with the murder of a beloved special-education teacher in 2000 has had his murder conviction vacated and pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the crime. Lorenzo Montoya, 29, was convicted of first-degree felony murder, aggravated robbery and first-degree burglary in the beating death of […]

PRESS RELEASE: LISA POLANSKY AS LEAD COUNSEL FOR YOUNG MAN WRONGFULLY CONVICTED AT AGE 15 RELEASED AFTER 14 YEARS IN PRISON

Denver, Colo. – Lorenzo Montoya was released from prison June 16, 2014 after reaching a plea deal days before a scheduled hearing that would have revealed significant Constitutional flaws in his conviction and new evidence casting serious doubt on his guilt.  In January 2000, then fourteen-year-old Montoya was one of three Denver teens arrested and […]

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

The police stopped me when I was driving. Can they search my car? The legal rules that tell police when they can or cannot search your car are very complex and often depend on the specific facts of each case. Additionally, states my have different interpretations of the law or rules which govern their police […]

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