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Update posted by Marian Bultman on behalf of Vincent Simmons On May 25, 2021


For the second time in a row, the attorney for Vincent Simmons scored a "win" in his efforts to overturn a 100-year prison sentence.

12th Judicial District Judge William "Billy" Bennett presided over a hearing Friday morning in which Simmons' attorney Justin Bonus had asked that District Attorney Charles Riddle be recused in the case. Bennett ruled that Riddle must be recused from the case because he would be a witness should an evidentiary hearing ever be ordered to determine if Simmons' sentence should be overturned or a new trial ordered.

Bennett ruled last month that 12th Judicial District Judge Kerry Spruill could have no further involvement in the case due to a previous professional relationship with potential witnesses in the case. Bonus said he was pleased with Bennett's ruling.

"Today was a good day," Bonus said. "Of course, it's a short victory. There is still an innocent man sitting in prison."

Riddle said he will be contacting the Attorney General's Office and will turn the entire case file over to the AG.

Bonus said he is looking forward to the Attorney General taking over the case "because we need some fresh eyes to look at this."

Recusal judge: https://www.kalb.com/2021/05/05/judge-bennett-recuses-judge-spruill-in-vincent-simmons-case/

Recusal d.a. and his office: https://www.kalb.com/2021/05/21/avoyelles-das-offi...

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Update posted by Senad Huskic On Nov 03, 2020

Alexandria attorney Ed Larvadain Jr. and Justin Bonus, an attorney from New York state, filed on Tuesday 20 October the motion for <https://www.scribd.com/document/481380845/Application-for-post-conviction-relief-state-of-Louisiana-vs-Vincent-Simmons> post-conviction relief and an accompanying memorandum supporting it with the 12th Judicial District Court, where Simmons was convicted after a two-day trial in July 1977.

A hearing date has been set for Feb. 17, 2021, said Justin Bonus.

See: https://eu.thetowntalk.com/story/news/2020/10/24/vincent-simmons-angola-case-a-lie-new-evidence-shows-attorney-says/5984719002/

See also: https://www.kalb.com/2020/10/21/new-attorney-wants-vincent-simmons-sentence-conviction-vacated/?fbclid=IwAR3Qd5bMSxkhgH2PUQDQ4T9K3fdzA4JtuaWGUGZ4NYni-AtbGzwGUeGVO5U

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Update posted by Marian Bultman on behalf of Vincent Simmons On Aug 11, 2020

Hello family, friends and supporters.

I want to let each one of you, your family and friends know that I thank you all with each beat of my heart. We all know that every life matters, especially when one is innocent, and the judicial system is broken. It is so sad that an innocent person have to spend 43yrs, before, we receive justice and freedom. So please, your support, your donations and your prayers are the voices of justice for me.

Vincent Simmons.

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