The Tragic Case of Crosley Green

Crosley Green

Crosley Green was convicted of murder 34 years ago in Florida and sentenced to death by an all-white jury.

Green, who is Black, claimed he was innocent of killing the white victim and refused to plead guilty.

Five years ago, a federal judge granted Green’s habeas corpus petition and vacated his conviction because the prosecutor, in violation of his constitution and ethical duties, failed to disclose to the defense that police officers who initially investigated the case, believed somebody else, not Green, was the killer.

Green spent 31 years in prison before he was released in 2021, mostly on Death Row. (His death sentence was changed to life imprisonment due to errors at the capital sentencing stage). The prosecutor appealed the federal judge’s ruling, claiming that since the officers’ opinions were not important, they had no duty to disclose it and that Green would have been found guilty anyway.

The Tragic Case of Crosley Green

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