Imagine having to spend 22 years of your life behind bars, away from your family for a crime you know you didn’t commit. While this might be rather difficult to even fathom, it is many individuals’ reality as hundreds of people are wrongfully convicted but can’t afford the right type of criminal defense lawyer to help get their name cleared. While some wait weeks, others sit in jail for months and even years, hoping for a breakthrough in their case that proves they are innocent.
 
In fact, this is the case involving Malcolm Scott, a man who spent 22 years of his life in prison for a murder he didn’t commit in 1994 who was finally set free after a judge ruled he was wrongfully convicted. Here’s his story and why he filed suit against the city of Tulsa, OK.
 
It was September 1994 when Scott, his brother, and several other individuals were convicted of murder and other crimes after police allegedly “coerced confessions from witnesses” that sent them to jail [Source: The Daily Beast]. Scott and De’Marchoe Carpenter were only 17 years old at the time when they were arrested as they were assumed to be connected to a drive-by shooting that took the life of Karen Summers, a young mother of a four-month-old baby.
Prosecutors made their decision to convict Scott and his brother after using testimonies from two eyewitnesses who happened to be rival gang members, although they recanted their testimony years later according to the news outlet. The witnesses later claimed that “cops threatened them with murder charges if they didn’t point the finger at Scott and Carpenter.” To make the case more convincing, Detective Mike Huff was also accused of not charging Michael Lee Wilson, the man who was suspected to be the actual killer, with the crime. Apparently, Huff went to visit Wilson one day after Summers was killed and despite the fact that he found the murder weapon and getaway vehicle used in the murder, he did not “consider Wilson a main suspect.”
Instead, Wilson was released on bond after he agreed to testify against Carpenter and Scott.  And after being released and let off the hook for Summers’ murder, he went on to “brutally murder a 30-year-old father and night clerk at a convenience store.” But, after the case was revisited, a judge ruled to release the two as they were no longer being held accountable for the murder.
Scott and Carpenter went on to file a federal complaint last year around this same time against the city of Tulsa, naming former Detectives Mike Huff and Gary Meek as defendants. The lawsuit stated, “The rise in gang violence and the pressure to increase conviction rates forced changes in the conduct of prosecutors and police alike. And this led to cutting corners and an attitude of get the ‘bad guy’ by any means necessary. Unfortunately, all too often, the ‘means’ were unconstitutional, and innocent citizens… became casualties of this system.”
The lawsuit also claims “Tulsa police had a custom of fabricating evidence, failing to investigate other leads, and withholding exculpatory material from defendants. And the department failed to train, supervise, and discipline officers like Huff and Meek.” The two sought more than $75,000 in damages after they became the victims of police misconduct and a flawed justice system.
Sadly, many individuals today find themselves battling the justice system despite the fact that they are innocent. And the truth is, when a person is charged or even convicted of a crime, if they aren’t being represented by a knowledgeable and aggressive OK criminal defense attorney, they risk being charged with the crime regardless of their role in it.
If you are facing a criminal charge in Tulsa, OK and have yet to retain a criminal defense lawyer, now is the time to do so. You wouldn’t want to be charged for a crime you didn’t commit.
So, to avoid being faced with similar circumstances such as those Scott and Carpenter had to deal with, it would be in your best interest to contact a criminal defense lawyer in Tulsa, OK as soon as possible if you are being charged or convicted of a crime. The Henson Law Firm, PLLC is highly recommended by many and are capable of representing you or a loved one if you were wrongfully convicted in Tulsa.
 
To get an initial consultation scheduled to learn more about how this firm can help you, visit or call the Henson Law Firm, PLLC at:
 
406 S. Boulder, Suite 400
Tulsa, OK 74103
918-551-8995

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