Shawnee County judge overturns man's conviction of murder citing previous trial was unfair
"Ten years after the body of fire victim Marvina Washington, 53, was lowered from a second-floor window of her burned-out central Topeka apartment, the conviction of defendant Frank Jerome 'Chicago' Robinson was overturned this month.
'Upon extensive review of the record and the parties' arguments, this court concludes that (Robinson) was not fairly convicted and, therefore, vacates his conviction,' Shawnee County Chief Judge Evelyn Wilson ruled.
During the appeal, Robinson was represented by the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at the University of Kansas.
He was represented by law professors Alice Craig, Jean K. Gilles Phillips and Elizabeth Cateforis. A third-year law student, Adam Sokoloff, also worked on the appeal. Sokoloff graduated from the law school in the spring.
'We think Mr. Robinson deserves a new trial,' Craig said this week. 'We were pleased the judge recognized our concerns.'”