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The injustice | Justice for Danny Brown

Justice for Danny Brown

The injustice

Danny Brown is a 50-year old man who lives in Toledo, OH. He was wrongly convicted in 1982 of the rape-murder of a woman with whom he had a casual acquaintance. Danny served 19 years for a crime he did not commit. Danny maintained his innocence throughout the investigation and trial, even to the point of rejecting a plea-bargain that could have freed him after serving one year in prison.

Throughout the trial, his belief in the ultimate triumph of truth gave him confidence that he would be vindicated. There was no physical evidence connecting Danny to the crimes, and circumstantial evidence was riddled with holes. However, a six-year old boy’s inconsistent, often-contradictory testimony was enough to convince a jury to convict Mr. Brown of aggravated murder.

Danny continued to fight for his freedom during the nearly two decades spent behind bars. However, it wasn’t until the DNA evidence was analyzed in the year 2000 that Danny was ultimately freed. The semen recovered from the victim was eventually tied to a convicted murderer named Sherman Preston. Ironically, at the time of the DNA identification, Preston was incarcerated for similar murders.

Danny Brown is free, but one quarter of his life has been stolen from him. He is taking classes at the University of Toledo with the hope of becoming a lawyer. He would like to work with troubled members of society, including at-risk youth and the incarcerated. However, “free” is a relative term; he has not been officially exonerated.


The Lucas County, OH prosecutor’s office stubbornly refuses to rule him out as a suspect, and could conceivably retry the case; this despite intense recent media pressure. Danny Brown’s demands are for those things any citizen would expect in such a situation:

    1. Complete exoneration
    2. Formal apology from the government.
    3. Compensation for the 19 years which have been taken from him.

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  1. A'ndrea says:

    That is because the prosecutor’s office loves to convict innocent people just so they can get a conviction. I know personally after having false charges filed on me. The plaintiff repeatedly asked that the charges be dropped and Prosecutor Mike decided he knows more than the plaintiff based on his stereotypical judgements on larger people. Not to mention the charges they’ve tried to put on my husband for offenses he didn’t commit, also because of his size. (They stated this in court, that’s where my basis for the stereotype is coming from) I even tried to report them to the local bar association and received an even bigger slap in the face. There is no justice in Lucas County period! When I was assaulted and thrown in the street, however, they were sure not to fully do their jobs on my behalf and lost the case because they didn’t want to be known as the city that convicted an NFL player of assault. Excuse my language, but they are nothing but as*holes! Nothing more than politics and who you know. If you know the right people in Lucas County I’m sure you can get away with murder, or go down for it if you don’t.

  2. My brother has suffered unjustly for too long. We want justice for Bobbie & her family and my brother as well. We won’t stop!!!

  3. Catherine says:

    Hello, when I was around 7 yrs old my mother and Sherman Preston lived together in Brand whitlocks community projects. Sherman (Bud) Preston physically abused my mother and molested me on one occassion. When my mother threatened to leave Sherman he threatened to kill my Grandfather and other family members close to my mom. 1-2 years after we left they found my uncle Joseph Jacobs in the Maumee river. Sherman later found out our whereabouts and started to prank call our home and later admitted to me that he was the one who killed my Uncle Joseph Jacobs and would kill me and my mom the same way.
    My prayers go out to your family in hopes that they will fully exonerate you. My prayers also go out to the Russell family for complete closer.

    • Danny Brown says:

      This is Danny Brown. Thank you for your comment on this story. Please send your contact information so I can get a hold of you. I’m so sorry to hear about what happened to your family. Danny Brown PO box 12493 Toledo, Ohio 43606.

  4. Amanda says:

    Danny, I have followed this story since I noticed you standing in front of the court house while I was working on my internship. Once I found out who you were and what you were doing I was facinated. I have written on behalf of you to Julia Bates and other representatives. I need some help of my own and I turn to you because you are determined, commited and know how to get your story out. Please contact me @ ard504@aol.com. Thank you for your time.

  5. Rachel says:

    I’ve seen the TV programme about the story and it’s disgusting the way Danny has been treated by the powers that be. He’s proved to be totally innocent and should be compensated big-time. Some kind of independent body should exist to liaise with the Ohio courts to make this happen. They made a mistake and should admit it otherwise where does that leave people’s faith in the justice system today?

  6. Danny, I hope you’re still planning on written ng that book we talked about. I am in school, too, and applaud you for studying law at The University of Toledo. I hope you’re in one of former Mayor Jack Ford’s classes. I hear he’s good. Take care of yourself and keep fighting for your name to be cleared. Maybe once Bates is out of office you’ll be fully exonerated. Good luck with your studies.
    Geneva

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