Brazenly ambitious special
prosecutor Joe Paulus could work a jury like a preacher at a
tent revival. John's defense attorney, Gerald Boyle,
had his eye on the prize, a movie about the case in which he
was the hero. John's much-younger girlfriend, Tracy
Hellenbrand, provided the titillation factor. No one
challenged the state's experts who said Sandy was "probably
strangled" and that vodka was used to set the fire.
John's conviction was, as the prosecutor bragged, "a slam
Maloney, from cop to inmate
takes a book to detail the twists and turns that
transformed the sad death of a suicidal alcoholic/drug
addict into media-driven murder and arson case that
turned the justice system on its head. John
Maloney, a veteran cop in Green Bay, Wisconsin, never
thought he could become the target of the justice
system in which he placed so much faith. When
his estranged, addicted wife, Sandy, was found dead in
her fire-damaged home, John learned how swiftly he
could be convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
But had any crimes actually
been committed? Over a dozen outside experts
unequivocally say no. But, thanks to John's defense
attorney, the jury never heard from outside experts.
And thanks to John's defense attorney, who drafted his
appeal, these issues were never included.
In 2005, CBS
48 Hours broadcast "A Question of
Murder," a one-hour documentary about the
case. At the conclusion of the broadcast, 48
viewers to respond to a poll.
deserve a new trial?
is not a scientific poll. The results above are for
information purposes only, and should not be
confused with the results of the scientific polls
conducted by CBS News.
Maloney needs a lawyer, but his family's finances have been
wiped out. Please help pay for defense costs with your
website gives an overview. For details on how this
happened, who is served by keeping John in prison, and what
can be done to right this wrong, read Full Circle,
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