Shawn Harris is an innocent man, convicted and incarcerated for a 1996 double homicide. The linchpin of the case against Harris was a supposed "Dying Declaration" made by a victim who lay in a field, unattended for 19 to 21 hrs., completely paralyzed on one side of their body, BRAIN DEAD on one hemisphere, with a bullet wound through the base of the neck and head, severing the jugular vein and carotid artery, exiting through the TONGUE, teeth, and chin. Yet former Detroit Police Officer, Tobias Rios testified at trial, that the victim VERBALLY stated to him that "Shawn did it, Shawn shot me".This medical impossibility, this scientific absurdity, this lie, was believed and accepted as truth.
The integrity of the Harris 1996 murder conviction is also in question due to the criminal actions and scandalous employment histories of six (6) key figures who were directly involved in Harris's case. Their individual corrupt behavior in conjunction with the unlawful patterns and practices of the Detroit Police Department, its Crime Lab Firearms Unit, Homicide Division and Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, tainted the Harris case.
* Former Detroit Police Homicide LT., WILLIAM RICE, who orchestrated everything pertaining to the entire homicide investigation in the Harris case which included but was not limited to:
Supervised and signed the police reports which contained fabricated and extremely questionable details surrounding a supposed "Dying Declaration" in which Harris was supposedly identified as the perpetrator.
Acted in accordance with the aberrant Detroit Police Dept. pattern and practice, pre Federal Consent Judgment and Imposition of Dept. Of Justice Monitor, of unlawful harassment, arrest, charging and jailing of family, friends and spoused of suspects, by arresting the girlfriend and mother of Mr. Harris's son and charging & jailing her on a false murder charge.
Conducting the initial interrogation of Mr. Harris upon his arrest and attempting, via threat duress & coercion, to deceive Harris into believing in the validity of the existence of an eye witness identifying Harris as the perpetrator of a murder and to force Harris to waive his right to counsel & make a statement.
Testified at a pretrial Suppression Hearing that he (Rice) deliberately destroyed Harris's exculpatory statement.
Former Det. Police Homicide LT., WILLIAM RICE, has a history of criminal misconduct which coincides with his well known unlawful actions in the Harris case. Consider the following examples:
In Bell v. Howes, 757 F. Supp. 2d 720, WILLIAM RICE deliberately hid exculpatory evidence and used a jailhouse informant to wrongfully/ falsely convict Arthur Bell.
In Faithiree Uddin Ali v. Hofbauer, 1999 U.S Dist. Lexis 11099, RICE threatened to arrest Ali's wife & daughter and charge them with the murder if Ali didn’t confess/ "come clean".
In Drake v. City of Detroit, 2008 U.S App Lexis 4224, RICE was accused of police misconduct, excessive force, illegal arrest, of depriving Drake of medication, conspiracy to bring false criminal charges, and failure to train supervising officers.
When taking into consideration the habits, practices and patterns of former LT. RICE, as evidenced within the aforementioned cases, the historical consistency of his criminal conduct becomes clear. RICE was intimately and intricately involved in Harris's case. All key documents & incident reports bear RICE's signature or were concocted and produced under his direct supervision.
In 2006, a federal lawsuit, stemming from RICE's involvement in an overturned criminal conviction, was settled for $3.25 million and an agreement to record Homicide Interrogations in an effort to counteract false confessions which were customarily associated with RICE's interrogations. WILLIAM RICE was sentenced on three (3) convictions. One for Operating a Criminal Enterprise ( which involved drug dealing & mortgage fraud) and two counts of Perjury.
* Former Detroit Police Inspector, JOAN GHOUGOIAN was involved in the Harris case. She was also present, with RICE, during the initial Harris interrogation. GHOUGOIAN also has a history checkered & spotted with corruption.
In Simpson v. Lafter, 2012 U.S Dist. Lexis 168561, GHOUGOIAN perjured herself by presenting a false statement she claimed was made by Simpson. In Childs v. City of Detroit, 1997 U.S Dist. Lexis 12412. also see Felton v. McKee, 208 U.S Dist. Lexis 23851, GHOUGOIAN ordered Monica Childs to perjure herself at a Suppression Hearing/ Walker Hearing in connection with the supposed confession of two murder suspects.
* Former Wayne County Ballistics Expert/ Evidence Tech, DAVID PAUCH, fabricated ballistics test results in criminal cases. In 2017, a man who was convicted of murder in 1992, based on the fabricated bullet eveidence of technician, DAVID PAUCH, filed a $125 million lawsuit, because he spent 25 yrs. in prison as a result of the illegal conviction.
* Former Wayne County Assistant Medical Examiner, Dr. LANNING ROSS DAVIDSON, was discharged/ terminated from the Medical Examiners Office in Aug. of 1998 after 50 autopsies he performed had to be re-examined. (google freep.com ,Thurs. Feb. 1, 2001, Detroit Freepress pg. 2B " Ex-Medical Examiner Found Dead In Garage").
* Detroit Police Dept. Crime Lab Firearms Unit was suspended from analyzing any firearms evidence in April of 2008 after it was determined that the Crime Lab was historically producing results that were potentially unreliable. The Lab was permanently closed in Sept. of 2008 due to the unacceptable error rate in ballistics evidence analysis, which then resulted in a plethora of cases with ballistics evidence having to be re-examined.
With evidence and information about PAUCH'S pattern of deception and perjury, as well as Dr. DAVIDSON's incompetence as a medical examiner, there is a reasonable probability the juror's in Mr. Harris's trial would not have credited the claims that were advanced by their testimony.
* Former Wayne County Attorney, ROBERT SLAMEKA, who was the court-appointed counsel who represented Harris at pre-trial hearings, also had an extensive & controversial disciplinary history which subsequently led to his disbarment.(5-1-2015)
* Former Detroit Police Officer, TOBIAS RIOS, who falsified incident reports and gave perjured testimony in Harris's case was eventually terminated from the Detroit Police Dept.
Shawn Harris' 1996 murder conviction was obtained through corrupt actions, criminal minds & filthy hands. The case is polluted and the conviction is THE FRUIT OF A POISONOUS TREE.
Declared truthful and accurate in accordance with Federal Law 28 USC 1746.
Shawn Harris #251427
Chippewa Correctional Facility
4269 W. M-80
Kincheloe, MI 49784