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On TV, police impress with ironclad forensics. In reality, police rely on defective witnesses.

Glynn Simmons (top) and co-defendant Don Roberts

Glynn Simmons (top) and co-defendant Don Roberts By G.W. Schulz “Everybody realizes that eyewitness testimony is inherently unreliable.” That’s what Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes said in July of 2019 when she announced that Norwood.Law client Corey Dion Atchison was being exonerated of a Tulsa murder that took place in 1990. Atchison spent 28 …

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Tulsa sent an innocent man to prison for 28 years. Norwood.Law made national headlines helping to bring him home.

Tulsa location where James Warren Lane was murdered in 1990. By G.W. Schulz Wayne Jones is the one who pulled the trigger. He’s the one who did the killing. That’s what a tipster calling herself “Lisa” told Det. Ken Makinson of the Tulsa Police Department during a call on Aug. 7, 1990. The tip came …

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PRESS RELEASE: Norwood.Law client could become America’s longest-serving wrongfully convicted man after judge grants new trial

A client of Norwood.Law in Tulsa is one step closer to becoming the longest-serving wrongfully convicted man in recorded U.S. history having so far spent almost half-a-century behind bars. Oklahoma County District Judge Amy Palumbo has ordered a new trial and new jury to reevaluate a 1974 robbery and murder that took place in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond.

How Richard Glossip’s fight to avoid execution collided with our efforts to have another man declared innocent of a 1974 murder

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By G.W. Schulz The 26-year saga of a man in Oklahoma who was sentenced to die for arranging the murder of his boss gripped local and national headlines as the case ascended all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2023.  As Richard Glossip’s bid for relief reached the nation’s highest court, it also …

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Before a judge granted him a new trial after 48 years, Glynn Simmons had to first escape execution by the state of Oklahoma

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By G.W. Schulz Glynn Ray Simmons has the U.S. Supreme Court to thank for his life. If not for a series of watershed rulings from the high court during the 1970s, Simmons would have been executed decades ago in Oklahoma. With time, hope, and help from Norwood.Law since then, Simmons was finally granted a new …

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OK judge grants new trial to Norwood.Law client who could become the longest-serving wrongfully convicted man in recorded U.S. history

By G.W. Schulz As the months, years, and decades slipped by without relief from a judge, Glynn Ray Simmons, a client of Norwood.Law based in Tulsa, edged closer to becoming the longest-serving wrongfully convicted man in recorded U.S. history. But that dubious distinction wouldn’t become a reality unless and until a judge or jury exonerated …

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After 48 years, Glynn Simmons remains in prison despite a prosecutor’s doubts

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On April 18, 2023, a judge assigned to the Simmons case, Amy Palumbo of the Oklahoma County District Court in Oklahoma City, was scheduled to take a fresh look at the evidence. After that, Palumbo would decide whether to vacate the original sentence and free Simmons outright or demand a new trial based on constitutional errors from the first trial in 1975. 

[In The News] US Supreme Court case of McGirt v. Oklahoma

SCOTUS Ruling on McGirt V. Oklahoma document

In the recent United States Supreme Court cases of McGirt v. Oklahoma and Murphy v. Royal the Supreme Court ruled that Indian tribe members who are charged or committed crimes in the Creek tribe territory or reservation cannot be prosecuted by the Oklahoma state government, the Indian tribe member can only be prosecuted in federal …

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Justice for Corey

Today, after nearly three decades of hoping, praying and fighting, Corey Atchison walked out of the Tulsa County Jail a free man. Atchison served 28 years in jail after being convicted in the 1991 murder of James Lane. Today, while reading her decision, District Judge Sharon Holmes described what happened to Atchison as a “fundamental …

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Undeterred

We are undeterred. Corey Atchison’s family & friends gathered outside the courtroom today with hopeful anticipation. Unfortunately, Judge Sharon Holmes announced a delay in ruling today on the Corey Atchison case. Our new hearing date is July 16, 2019. “As many of you know, I have been absent from the courthouse for about two months,” …

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