Donte Farmer was convicted in 2001 of a gang shooting and in 2009 Mason Legal Investigations got his case as a Post-Conviction Relief case. Eric Mason spent more than three years investigating the Farmer case and finding a witness that could not be located at trial.
In 2012 Eric brought Lakiesha Thompson-- a witness who was just a few feet away where the victim Robert Monterroso was gunned down in NE Portland when it happened. She was the caller to 911 only seconds after the shooting. Thompson said under oath in Salem in 2012 that she still didn’t know who shot Robert but that “The man in the courtroom today (Dante) was not the shooter”. The judge ordered a new trial and in 2019 he was released from Oregon State Penitentiary.
In August of 2019 year he saw his first baseball game in 20 year in Hillboro. He is a part time pastor in Portland and is considering working on other criminal defense cases. We also have sound with him at the baseball game to talk about what its’ like to have his freedom back.
After post-conviction relief, man to leave jail after 18 years via plea agreement
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June 21, 2009, 10:30AM
"Bullet lead analysis" viewed as discredited evidence
Now Cannon and his legal team are finalizing his claim of "actual innocence" for next month's hearing in Marion County Circuit Court. They will present new evidence intended to show he was convicted primarily on faulty and discredited "junk science" called bullet lead analysis -- evidence so unreliable it has been abandoned by the FBI...........click here to read more
July 18, 2012
The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed the 2009 conviction of a substitute teacher who was found guilty of sex abuse despite no physical evidence, no witnesses and a police officer's admitted failures to follow investigative protocols…to read more
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