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Resource ID: #20857
Subject: Justice
Source: Boston Globe
Date: 2003-11-07



"Shawn Drumgold had served 14 years of a life sentence for murder when Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr took up his case. Today, Drumgold is a free man." Shawn Drumgold, a low-level drug dealer, had been convicted of murder for the 1988 shooting death of a 12-year-old girl named Darlene Tiffany Moore - a bystander to a "street gang revenge killing." Although Drumgold was not a member of a gang, he became the focus of the investigation, was charged within weeks with the murder, and subsequently convicted. Over a decade later, Lehr began his own investigation, and uncovered "major new evidence that case doubt on the conviction, and raised the strong possibility of police and prosecutorial misconduct." The articles published in the Globe pointed to questionable witnesses, dubious deals, the works. In the aftermath of Lehr's investigation, the district attorney asked the court to overturn Drumgold's murder conviction.

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