Justin Michael Wolfe was sentenced to death for allegedly ordering the execution of a Virginia drug dealer. Last month the court granted Mr. Wolfe an evidentiary hearing on the basis of new evidence presented by his volunteer law firm. The new evidence included testimony by Owen Barber, the triggerman in the murder and the only witness who tied Mr. Wolfe to the killing, who has now recanted his earlier testimony against Mr. Wolfe.
"We’re pleased with the court’s opinion and we look forward to the opportunity to present the full case to the full district court," said King & Spalding partner James Griffin, a member of Wolfe’s defense team.
Mr. Wolfe satisfied the Schlup standard and thus all procedurally defaulted claims are no longer barred. The case has been assigned to a newly appointed Magistrate.
Congratulations to the team at King & Spalding, with the able assistance of the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center and Michelle Brace, for their tremendous efforts on behalf of Mr. Wolfe. Special thanks to James Griffin, Matthew P. Dullaghan, Steven Andrew, and former King & Spalding partner Jane C. Luxton.