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
John Maloney, from
cop to inmate
|It 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
broadcast "A Question of
Murder," a one-hour documentary about the case. At
the conclusion of the broadcast, 48
Hours asked viewers to respond
Maloney deserve a new trial?
This 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
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