Patrick Egan Secures New Trial in Homicide Case Due to Critical Evidence Withheld by Prosecutors

July 22, 2019 – Press Releases

In a pro bono case handled at the request of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Fox Rothschild LLP Partner Patrick Egan won a new trial for a man sentenced to life in prison for a 1995 homicide on the grounds that prosecutors withheld key evidence from the defense at the time of his trial.

Egan argued that Corey Walker’s first trial was fundamentally unfair because the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office failed to turn over evidence that could have undermined the testimony of key prosecution witnesses and called into question the legitimacy of the police investigation.

On July 17, Dauphin County Senior Judge Lawrence F. Clark Jr. ruled that the suppression of evidence by the prosecutors “commands” the voiding of Walker’s conviction.

In a 33-page opinion, Judge Clark concluded that the withheld evidence “would have given defense counsel unique ability to discredit the Commonwealth’s primary witnesses, called into question the integrity of the police investigation and perhaps pointed to another perpetrator.”

“We are thrilled with the ruling,” said Egan. “Every defendant deserves a fair trial and that includes a right of access to any evidence that would reveal the weaknesses in the government’s case. It is a tragedy that Corey has spent over twenty years in jail for a crime he did not commit.”

Egan was a founding member of the board of The Pennsylvania Innocence Project, which works to exonerate those convicted of crimes they did not commit. He worked with local counsel Jonathan Crisp and Davis Younts of Crisp and Associates in Harrisburg.