Famed and controversial race car driver, promoter and inventor Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy were tragically murdered on March 18, 1988.
I was convicted of ordering those killings on January 4, 2007, almost nineteen years later, even though nothing connected me to the murders except a failed business relationship 3½ years earlier. I was sentenced to two life sentences, with no chance of parole - and now live in a concrete and steel small box.
The trial, conviction, sentencing and original killing generated 22 National TV Specials across all networks. Coverage included many CBS 48 Hours airings, Good Morning America, Sports Illustrated, Time, People, Car and Driver, Los Angeles Magazine, Hot Rod, plus thousands of electronic and print clips, both local and national. Harper-Collins has commissioned a major book.
I had been cleared of all charges in December, 1988, after 600 interviews following the murders. 450 of those interviews are illegally hidden. For the first nine years of the investigation after the murders, the first two lead investigators both focused on me and could find nothing to link me to the murders. They focused on me because of lies by Campebll and Cordell.
I was charged in Orange County, CA, in December, 2001 (13½ years after the murders), just one week after I'd opened a multi-million dollar civil litigation against the victims' sister, Colleen Campbell.
Colleen Campbell is a powerful politician in Orange County, CA. (She was on the Republican National Committee, was four times Chair of the California Peace Officers Training and Procedures Committee, and much more.) This suit would have exposed multiple, multi-million dollar Federal crimes by her. I was charged out of jurisdiction in Orange County, CA, for the Los Angeles murders (which is unlawful) by Campbell's ex-personal lawyer, business associate, political crony and close friend, Tony Rackauckas. He was then and is now the Orange County District Attorney, whose activities in other cases have attracted scrutiny by investigative agencies. Evidence proves perjuries and frauds by him.
After I was first arrested in Orange County, CA, in 2001, I was eventually freed in 2004 (with an Appeal Court ruling that "there was no evidence to justify charging Goodwin in Orange County to start with“). It generated a banner headline in the Orange County Register, GOODWIN GOING HOME.
Even after a key component of the evidence was proven as faulty, the Los Angeles D.A. still agreed to prosecute me (and even after I'd been cleared in Orange County, with the Appeal Court ruling "there was no evidence to justify charging Goodwin in Orange County to start with“). The LADA no doubt agreed to the charge to help their OCDA friend, since he was in such huge exposure for large damages under RICO and § 1983 civil rights violations.
All evidence used to convict me had been known of 17 years before and discarded, but the D.A. twisted it and lied about it to make me sound guilty. The last evidence list was in November, 1989. The false testimonies/perjuries, alll of which can be irrefutably proven as perjuries (as the D.A. knew), were the only evidence vs me.
All evidence to prove my claims is organized and ready for court. This is despite the fact that I have been severely hampered from exercising my legal rights while in prison. Access to the prison’s legal law library and simple copying privileges has been severely restricted. My mail has been tampered with. Undo searches of have been of my cell, which never produce anything, but delay my legal research and filing abilities for days afterwards (as the result of the subsequent ‘trashing’ of the cell). Even my electricity is mysteriously turned off for days at a time, leaving me in the dark and unable to read out of the one good eye that I still have left (even with the electricity on, the one light in the cell is barely adequate). I lost my vision while "in" because guards refused to to provide me prescibed ophthamology medication.
In summary, although there are many issues that were knowingly fraudulent by the D.A., the ultimate issue that allowed the wrongful conviction was the suppression of the 250+ pieces of material exculpatory evidence which prohibited meaningful cross exam which would have proven 43 perjuries and impeached the witnesses. Thus, there has been no true "adversarial testing" of the prosecution case as is anticipated/guaranteed by the Constitution. However, there are also numerous huge D.A. frauds on the Court.
I, Michael Goodwin, declare that the above statements are declared of my own personal knowledge and if required I could and would testify thereto truthfully under oath. All statements made by me (above) are known by me personally, except any which I have specifcally attributed to being told by others. I declare to the above under penalty of perjury, under the laws of the State of California, that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed this 27th day of February, 2011, in Susanville, CA.
Michael Frank Goodwin