Important points about Mr. Mapp's trial
from the editor
#1: Evidence was ignored
Mr. Mapp's conviction was based entirely on circumstantial evidence, and no actual evidence. The actual evidence was ignored. According to the testimony of Criminalist Michele Mitchell, transcript of proceedings vol. 8, page 74 and page 105, there were 2 paper towels found at the scene, and she determined that the blood found on them did not match either Mr. Mapp nor the victims, as stated in the crime lab report. In fact, she declared in open court that the fact that this other blood was found means that someone else was in that apartment bleeding, and no one, not even Judge John G. Haas, made a motion to have the source of that blood investigated.
The fact that someone else's blood was found on the evidence collected from the crime scene would lead reasonable minds to conclude that it is possible, if not likely, that this murder was committed by someone other than Mr. Mapp, constituting reasonable doubt about his guilt.
However, although his case was reviewed in the Fifth Appellate District by Judges Irene B. Smart, William B. Hoffman, and W. Don Reader, and in the Supreme Court of Ohio, and in the Southern District Court by Magistrate Judge James S. Gallas for a writ of habeas corpus, this evidence continues to be ignored.
Point #2: Perjury
Point #3: Perjury
Point #4: Unreasonable
"It would have been far better had the prosecutor given the list of defense witnesses to an independent investigator rather than to its own potential witnesses," and "we would characterize this as prosecutorial misconduct."
Somehow the Fifth Appellate Court still
came to the conclusion that this was a fair and unprejudiced trial, and
denied his appeal.
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