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Reasonable Doubt

James Allen is serving three life sentences for murder. No one ever said he killed anyone.

After 34 years, a murder conviction quietly reversed in 4 minutes

Photo of James Allen from before his incarceration
James Allen in the mid-1970s. Courtesy of friends of James Allen.

Since Maya’s piece was first published, developments in James Allen’s case led to one of his convictions being overturned.

Read Maya’s update on Allen’s case, published Sept. 15, 2021 in Injustice Watch.


Maya Dukmasova

Maya Dukmasova

Maya Dukmasova

Maya Dukmasova is a senior reporter at Injustice Watch. Her work is focused on housing, the courts, policing, local government, and social justice movements. She has won several local and national journalism awards for feature writing and investigative reporting, and has been the recipient of fellowships and grants to support long-term projects. Her writing and translations have also appeared in The Appeal, Places, Harper’s, Broadly, Truthout, The Progressive, In These Times, Jacobin…

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