A state appellate court overturned the conviction of Isaiah Fowler, a 12-year-old Stockton boy who was accused of murder in connection with the death of his sister.
Mark Reichel spoke with KCRA 3 about the court’s decision in an interview later aired on KTVU FOX 2 News:
“They vacated the prior conviction,” Mark said, “So there’s currently no conviction against this young man…the big point in the opinion today was that the interviews of Isaiah Fowler were absolutely, blatantly unconstitutional.”
Mark, who represented Isaiah and the Fowler family during the case, told KCRA deceptive interview tactics were used against Isaiah who was questioned three times by police before he was arrested. During Isaiah’s third interview, he was questioned for three hours with his father present.
“He made a statement, which was ambiguous at best, and that’s when he was arrested,” Mark said. “Something along the lines of, I guess I did it, but I don’t remember if I did. He also said, before he was finished with that phrase, but I really didn’t do it. His father hugged him and said, I know you didn’t, son.”