April 9 will mark the sixth anniversary of Danny Brown's freedom, an anniversary that will be bittersweet to a man wrongly convicted in a 1981 rape-murder, and who spent 19 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He was released in 2001 after DNA evidence collected from the victim ruled Danny out as a suspect, and instead pointed the accusatory finger at a man convicted of a similar rape-murder, Sherman Preston.
I have written extensively in the past about Danny Brown; you can read more here and here. I will continue to write about this judicial travesty, and be a thorn in the side of Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates, until she gets off her ass and takes action on this case.
Specifically, Danny Brown demands either: a) the retrial he was promised in 2001 by Common Pleas Judge Charles Doneghy; or b) a written acknowledgement from the Prosecutor's office that he is not a suspect. The granting of either of these would allow Danny Brown to be compensated by the State of Ohio for wrongful incarceration, which he is entitled to under state law.
Unfortunately, Julia Bates and her staff prefer to leave Danny Brown in limbo. They claim there is an "ongoing investigation," but refuse to provide details of such work. The fact of the matter is there is no work being done on this case, despite the fact that they have physical evidence tying convicted murderer-rapist Sherman Preston to the case.
And - ultimately - what it comes down to is that the Lucas County Prosecutor's Office refuses to admit it made a mistake. Julia Bates knows that Danny would triumph in a retrial (very embarassing), so she chooses to sweep this man under the judicial carpet until he dies. Whether this is out of a misguided "circle the wagons" instinct - or whether the Prosecutor is trying to protect her department from a series of lawsuits - is anyone's guess.
And Julia Bates: Danny may be in his fifties now, and you might get lucky in the next few years if he passes away. But I'm only 43, and I will continue to write about this case until you (or whoever takes your office after you retire) take some action. Mark my words.
Finally, Julia Bates: give Danny Brown the justice he deserves. Either retry him, or announce to the world that he is not a suspect, and admit that mistakes were made. If you choose to continue to ignore Danny Brown, may God have mercy on your soul, because you are participating in behavior that is morally reprehensible.