— A state appeals court says a
man accused of shooting into a
Milwaukee street party was
July 4, 2008, shooting left four
people dead. James Washington was
one of three men accused of
opening fire. He was sentenced to
life following a jury trial.
insisted the trial judge told
jurors Wisconsin has no death
penalty, making it more likely
they would convict him; his
attorney didn't call a detective
to testify; and the judge wrongly
decided a witness recantation
didn't warrant a new trial.
1st District Court of Appeals
ruled Thursday that Washington
failed to explain why jurors were
more likely to convict him, the
detective's testimony wasn't
crucial and the judge properly
found the recantation
attorney didn't return a message.