Poster of the Week – Wrongfully Imprisoned for 26 Years

Kenji Howard, after hours of pressure and deception, gave a false confession to murder in 1995 when he was 16 years old. Neither his lawyer nor his mother were notified before he was interrogated. In 2007, the murderer, Edward Powell, confessed that he was the shooter, and that Kenji was innocent. Powell later confessed to a private investigator and signed two written confessions. After the California Supreme Court granted review in Kenji’s habeas case, an evidentiary hearing was held before Judge William C. Ryan who made a finding that Powell’s confession was credible. That leads to the inescapable conclusion that Kenji’s confession was false. Judge Ryan also made a finding that Powell’s confession is corroborated by the firearms evidence. Gunshot residue was found inside Powell’s car which is consistent with Powell’s guilt and would not have been possible under Kenji’s false confession. The ejection pattern of the casings and the trajectory of the bullets also corroborate Powell’s confession and undermine Kenji’s false confession. Judge Ryan noted that “it would be all but impossible” for K