My name is Matt Mason. I am 55 years old and was arrested four days before my 24th birthday, for a crime I did not commit.
Ironically, I have become an accomplished prison litigator. In over 30 years, I have sent 57 men home from prison and have 16 published cases. Yet, I have been unable to get the Courts, to even so much read the pleadings and new evidence submitted in my own case.
I am preparing to go back to Court. I will present all new evidence proving my innocence, that the Prosecutor knowingly withheld prior to my Trial. The evidence suggests that the murder was committed by a corrupt Police Officer, and covered up by the system.
Please read my story, to find out the truth about this case, including the real evidence. I am an innocent prisoner.
Since 1980, there have been over 3000 prisoners exonerated in the United States, including many from death row, according to a report released by The National Registry of Exonerations, affiliated with the University of Michigan. There is no way to tell how many more innocent people languish in prisons today. This is merely one such case.
If you have any questions or would like to help me, please write.
Many thanks for your interest.
Matt Mason A231-446
Grafton Correctional Institution
2500 S. Avon Belden Road
Grafton, OHIO 44044
One count of aggravated murder.
January 31, 1991.
20 Years to Life
I am preparing to go back to Court. I will present all new evidence proving my innocence, that the Prosecutor knowingly withheld prior to my Trial.
On March 17, 2022 Matt went before the Parole Board for the fifth time. The Hearing began with the "Victim's Advocate”, Parole Board Member Ms. Kovachs stating, "We know you maintain your innocence, we don't care about that". The Hearing ended with the Parole Board noting "We appreciate how you have conducted yourself throughout your incarceration". After deliberation, Matt was advised that all five members had voted in favor of him being released. He was told "You're going home!".
This began a 30-day period, required by law to "notify" the prosecutor, the judge, members of the victim’s family, etc. As virtually the entire family of Ms. Johnson had been supportive of Matt, he was not unduly concerned.
On June 25, 2022 Matt was advised that an objection had been received from the son of the victim, and this triggered the requirement for a "Full Board Hearing", where all nine of the Parole Board members would preside. Matt was permitted to be represented by counsel and have some of his supporters speak in support of his release. The victim’s family were also given the opportunity to speak at the Hearing.
After being granted parole, Matt was offered a job as a Paralegal by a lawyer in Michigan. This lawyer offered to represent Matt at the Hearing, and, after contacting the Parole Board, was told that the Hearing was "just a formality to address the objection". The objection was received from the victim’s son Patrick, since Matt "had not accepted responsibility". This is not "new information" as the Parole Board had already acknowledged that they had no problems with Matt maintaining his innocence.
The Full Parole Board Hearing was held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 2:00pm.
Ida Fowler, the life-long friend and sister-in-law of Ms. Johnson was listed as a supporter of Matt and speaker at the Hearing. However, she was denied permission to appear by the Parole Board, the day before the hearing, without any explanation.
At the Hearing, the volume was reduced at Matt's remote video-terminal, to the point that he could barely hear proceedings. His supporters were repeatedly cut off from the audio and/or video, and the entire electronic remote hearing was a farce.
Despite this, the statements of Matt’s supporters were presented. The Board presented the video statement of the son of Ms. Johnson, and who simply stated that Matt had not accepted responsibility.
The Board went into "executive session" stating that they would return with their decision in 30 minutes, at 3.50pm.
After deliberations, the Parole Board returned to announce their unanimous 9:0 decision against Matt’s release and ordered another 3-year continuance.
The Parole Board had not turned the monitor on for Matt, when the announcement was made. He sat in the room until 6.55pm awaiting the decision, with the local Parole Board Liaison emailing and calling the main office repeatedly, until someone finally responded. So Matt was the last to know the outcome of the Parole Board Hearing by almost three hours!
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