'Egregious' case of prosecutorial misconduct could set Missouri man free 2 decades later

'Egregious' case of prosecutorial misconduct could set Missouri man free 2 decades later

ST. LOUIS — When Lawrence Callanan was convicted in 1996 of the murder of John M. Schuh, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch wasted no words in celebrating the jury’s decision.“The evidence was clear, convincing and overwhelming as to his guilt,” McCulloch said. “Mr. Callahan is heading for the spot where he belongs.”Last week, a judge disagreed, and he blamed prosecutorial misconduct for Callanan’s conviction.Sitting as a special master appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court, Judge Gael D. Wood ruled that Callanan’s conviction should be vacated “due to the egregious Brady ...

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