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January 19, 2004 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
It had been an exhilarating week for John Stoll. Easily one of the best he's had in 19 years. That may not be saying much, since he spent those years in one or another California prison. Still, he couldn't seem to keep a smile off his face as he sat chatting in a classroom at the Kern County Jail outside Bakersfield. After all those years, four men who accused Stoll of molesting them when they were children took the stand last week and said he never touched them.
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May 1, 2004 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
John Stoll had spent nearly 20 years behind bars imagining what it would feel like to hear a judge say he had been wrongly convicted. Now that it was happening, his heart was racing so fast he feared he might not survive the experience. "I thought, 'Oh great, I'm going to have a heart attack and die in front of all these people,' " Stoll said Friday afternoon.
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February 26, 2004 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
A man who has spent the past 19 years in prison for crimes he says he didn't commit faced his greatest obstacle to freedom Wednesday: his son. As John Stoll sat at the defense table, Jed Stoll, a grim-faced 25-year-old carpet layer from Maryland, testified that his father repeatedly molested him when he was a child. Similar testimony 20 years earlier helped send John Stoll to prison for 40 years. The son told a rapt courtroom Wednesday that his father should stay there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2004 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
A man who has spent the past 19 years in prison for crimes he says he didn't commit faced his greatest obstacle to freedom Wednesday: his son. As John Stoll sat at the defense table, Jed Stoll, a grim-faced 25-year-old carpet layer from Maryland, testified that his father repeatedly molested him when he was a child. Similar testimony 20 years earlier helped send John Stoll to prison for 40 years. The son told a rapt courtroom Wednesday that his father should stay there.
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January 19, 2004 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Christopher Diuri's temper was smoldering as he sat on the witness stand, enduring a prosecutor's withering cross-examination. The 27-year-old mechanic's memory was challenged. His motives for coming forward as a witness were questioned. Even a past run-in with the law -- a DUI arrest -- was brought out. Diuri, a plain-spoken man with a closely shaved head, finally snapped. "This case tore my whole family apart when I was a kid," he spat at Deputy Dist. Atty. Lisa Green.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2004 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
John Stoll had spent nearly 20 years behind bars imagining what it would feel like to hear a judge say he had been wrongly convicted. Now that it was happening, his heart was racing so fast he feared he might not survive the experience. "I thought, 'Oh great, I'm going to have a heart attack and die in front of all these people,' " Stoll said Friday afternoon.
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February 25, 2004 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
A former sheriff's deputy denied Tuesday that he had coerced children to testify falsely against an accused child molester who is trying to gain his freedom after nearly 20 years in prison. Called by the prosecution in an attempt to keep John Stoll behind bars, Conny Ericsson denied that he had asked leading questions or harassed a half-dozen children to help convict Stoll in 1984. "I never suggested," said Ericsson, who now works for the state Department of Justice in Redding.
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March 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge denied bail Monday for a man seeking freedom after 20 years behind bars after a child molestation conviction that prosecutors had secured on the basis of testimony by six child witnesses -- most of whom now say the crimes never happened. There was no physical evidence to back up the 1984 conviction of John Stoll on 17 counts of child molestation. Attorneys for two Innocence Project chapters in California have been arguing for Stoll's freedom since January.
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June 21, 1995
Solano Avenue Elementary School does things right. Parents chip in, teachers stick around for years, and children learn. There are no graffiti or trash problems. And the community around Solano Canyon just below Dodger Stadium in Downtown Los Angeles claims the campus for its own. Solano is one of 221 schools recently honored as California Distinguished Schools by the state Department of Education.
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December 21, 2003 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
A man who has spent the last 18 years in a Central Valley prison for crimes he says he didn't commit has won a new hearing at which some of his alleged molestation victims are expected to testify that they were manipulated and bullied into telling false stories. Kern County Superior Court Judge John Kelly has set a Jan. 12 date for a hearing to examine John Stoll's claims that he was wrongly convicted of child molestation as part of what critics call the Bakersfield witch hunt cases.
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February 25, 2004 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
A former sheriff's deputy denied Tuesday that he had coerced children to testify falsely against an accused child molester who is trying to gain his freedom after nearly 20 years in prison. Called by the prosecution in an attempt to keep John Stoll behind bars, Conny Ericsson denied that he had asked leading questions or harassed a half-dozen children to help convict Stoll in 1984. "I never suggested," said Ericsson, who now works for the state Department of Justice in Redding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2004 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Christopher Diuri's temper was smoldering as he sat on the witness stand, enduring a prosecutor's withering cross-examination. The 27-year-old mechanic's memory was challenged. His motives for coming forward as a witness were questioned. Even a past run-in with the law -- a DUI arrest -- was brought out. Diuri, a plain-spoken man with a closely shaved head, finally snapped. "This case tore my whole family apart when I was a kid," he spat at Deputy Dist. Atty. Lisa Green.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2004 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
It had been an exhilarating week for John Stoll. Easily one of the best he's had in 19 years. That may not be saying much, since he spent those years in one or another California prison. Still, he couldn't seem to keep a smile off his face as he sat chatting in a classroom at the Kern County Jail outside Bakersfield. After all those years, four men who accused Stoll of molesting them when they were children took the stand last week and said he never touched them.
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November 1, 2008 | John Horn, Horn is a Times staff writer.
Documentary filmmakers Dana Nachman and Don Hardy are drawn to miscarriage-of-justice stories -- their past television work includes a look at the Japanese American internment during World War II. Yet Nachman and Hardy longed to find a modern tale of a misguided prosecution that was unfolding in front of their eyes and cameras, rather than one they had to piece together from the past. Then, four years ago, they met John Stoll, and "Witch Hunt" came to life.
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September 7, 2003
As a professional who has worked in the field of child abuse/neglect for Los Angeles County for 34 years, why do I think convicted child molester John Stoll is innocent (" 'Kids Don't Lie,' " by John Johnson, Aug. 10)? 1) In at least 90% of the cases I have seen where child-custody issues are involved, allegations of molestation made by the other spouse are unfounded. In Stoll's case, the allegations didn't start with his ex-wife but were planted by an incompetent investigator. 2) The children immediately should have had a "scan" exam.
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