6th Circuit Overturns Kenneth Richey's Death Sentence
In January of 2005, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Kenneth Richey's death sentence and conviction for aggravated felony murder for starting a fire that resulted in the death of a child. Although there was very little evidence that the fire was the result of arson and what evidence the prosecutors did have has now been shown to likely have been contaminated, Richey was convicted. Evidence of errors made by police and fire marshal investigators, as well as those of the defense trial counsel’s own so-called forensic "expert," presented by Richey’s post-conviction pro bono attorneys Ken Parsigian and Paul E. Nemser of Goodwin Proctor led the Sixth Circuit to its decision. John Howley and his law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP filed an amicus brief on behalf of the UK government in support of Richey's successful 6th Circuit appeal. Prosecutors continue to seek a retrial in the case.