Robertson, Oswalt & Associates
Call Today for consultation
501-588-4451 Or 866-311-3815

One-time murder conviction now underscored by question marks

Well, at least Anthony Sanborn Jr. knew something was wrong. He was a teenage boy just convicted of murdering another juvenile on the docks of Portland, Maine, in 1989, and he knew he didn't do it. Seemingly, and if he lived that long, he would have 70 years behind bars to think about the crime he knew he didn't commit.

And now, decades later, evidence has come forth, and in successive doses, that points to this disturbing fact: others knew it, too. Moreover, they allegedly hid evidence that was in Sanborn's favor, never turning it over -- as legally required -- to his defense team.

And then, stunningly, there was this, as revealed in a courtroom hearing last month to evaluate whether Sanborn should be freed on bail (he was) pending an upcoming post-conviction review: A juvenile female whose eyewitness testimony targeted Sanborn as the killer back in 1989 recanted her testimony entirely.

Evidence indicates she couldn't have seen any crime being committed; she was suffering from serious and uncorrected eye problems, a fact never made known to the defense.

Sanborn's current legal counsel says that there is plenty more exculpatory evidence that was withheld from Sanborn by state authorities both during his initial investigation, at trial and thereafter.

In fact, court documents show that a former lead detective in the case secreted important case evidence -- including photographs of other possible suspects, a box cutter and knife, multiple witness statements and original police reports -- in boxes tucked away in his home's attic, constituting a clear breach of chain-of-custody imperatives and keeping critically important material shielded from the purview of Sanborn's defense team.

Sanborn's lawyer says that this recently revealed development will only add to arguments she has already made favoring an immediate setting aside of her client's conviction.

That could happen soon. The judge who granted Sanborn's bail last month stated that, given the evidence before her then, she was inclined to rule in favor of Sanborn's conviction reversal.

She will likely be even more inclined to do so now.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Four Convenient Little Rock Area Locations Call 501-588-4451 or 866-311-3815

Little Rock Office
1302 Cumberland Street
Little Rock, AR 72202

Toll Free: 866-311-3815
Phone: 501-588-4451
Little Rock Law Office Map

Benton Office
126 West Carpenter Street
Benton, AR 72015

Toll Free: 866-311-3815
Phone: 501-588-4451
Benton Law Office Map

Herber Springs Office
307 West Spring Street
Herber Springs, AR 72543

Toll Free: 866-311-3815
Phone: 501-588-4451
Heber Springs Law Office Map

Conway Office
1237 Front Street
Conway, AR 72032

Toll Free: 866-311-3815
Phone: 501-588-4451
Conway Law Office Map