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Temujin Kensu Update

The case of Temujin Kensu is what first provoked journalist Bill Proctor to investigate cases of claimed actual innocence. Out of that, Proving Innocence was born. Proving Innocence does not provide legal counsel, but since our inception, we have been supportive of Kensu and his seeking exoneration of the murder of Scott Macklem.

At the heart of Temujin Kensu's appeals of late has been maintaining that the photo lineup originally presented to eye witnesses made the picture of Kensu stand out amoung all the others. When it came time for the trial, the prosecution reset the photos so that they appeared not to be bias. (In reality this cases has so many other flaws. For the best, quickest summary of the case, see Bill Proctor's news series Ninja Killer.)

On November 10th, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael West issued a 24-page order and opinion denying Temujin Kensu's motion for a new trial. The Michigan Innocence Clinic's staff attorney, Caitlin Plummer, said they were disappointed in the verdict and almost certainly planned to appeal.

For a more in-depth look, see The Times Herald's article Judge denies new trial in 1986 SC4 parking lot murder case.

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