Mocking Due Process When I asked why he had lied to the police, he said, “For money.” He said Thomas Edwards had told him he would be paid if he told cops he saw Lorenzo Branch going into Mr. Josephs’ apartment. He said he spoke to detectives on a number of occasions and each time he was given $20, which he spent on crack.

Neither addict could keep the story straight. In an extraordinary courtroom development, prosecutors pulled Mr. Edwards from the witness stand in the middle of his testimony when he offered information that hurt the prosecution’s case. Mr. Edwards testified that he had seen Lamont Branch and two other men go into Mr. Josephs’ apartment, and that one of the other men — not Mr. Branch — had a gun.

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