MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM JUDGMENT
Justly Johnson-by his attorneys Bridget McCormack, David Moran and Imran Syed
the Michigan IImocence Clinic; Byron Lichstein
the Wisconsin Innocence Project; and hisstudentattorneys Daniel Signs and Christiana Schmitz
the Michigan Innocence Clinic-asksthat this Court set aside the judgment
conviction and sentence
this case and order a newtrial,pursuant to MCR 6.501, and further states the following.
After a bench trial in front
Judge Prentis Edwards in the Wayne County Circuit Court,No.99-5393, Mr. Johnson was convicted on January 12,2000, offelony murder, assault withintent
robwhilearmed, and possession
a firearm during the commission
On January 26, 2000, JudgeEdwards sentencedMr. Johnson to life in prisonwithoutparole.
He is currently incarcerated at the Gus Harrison Correctional Facility.3. Mr. Johnson appealed by right, and his convictions were affirmed on direct appeal by theCourt
Appeals (No. 228547) on March
The Michigan Supreme Court (No.121568) denied his application for leave to appeal on Dec. 4, 2002.
James Albulov represented Mr. Johnson during preliminary matters. Sanford Schulmanrepresented Mr. Johnson at trial. Gerald
Surowiec represented Mr. Johnson on appeal.
currently represented by Bridget McCormack, David Moran and Imran Syed
theMichiganInnocence Clinic at the University
Michigan Law School, and by ByronLichstein
the Wisconsin Innocence Project at the University
Wisconsin Law School.
does not request counsel from this court.5. Mr. Johnson has filed two prior motions for relieffrom judgment
The trial courtdenied the first motion on March 16, 2004; the Court
Appeals and the MichiganSupremeCourtdenied leave to appeal. The trial court denied the second motion on April 15,2008;the