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Mokena, IL

#21 Apr 8, 2013
Neighbor wrote:
<quoted text>No Sir. I lean to Paul was a dishonest bad boy big time at 18, A punk. That is all...
Even if he was a punk at 18, he doesn't deserve to sit in prison for 20+ years. Even IF he was guilty under the accountability theory, the punishment is ludicrous. The fact that all of the known issues of misrepresentation by his initial prosecutor (and defense), at very least, deserves a second look.
This is worse than the "drew Peterson hearsay law". Anyone could say anything about us, and if we couldn't prove them wrong, we may be sitting in the same position.
TwoTree

Mokena, IL

#22 Jul 30, 2013
I have been hearing of men who have served sentences in prison only to be cleared by DNA after 20 plus years. Once the DNA discovery has been found to exonerate them, they still sit in a cell waiting for paperwork and procedures to be followed. I believe the last one took almost 11 months to free. Is this acceptable to anyone? I am all for the death penalty to those who deserve it. When human error and complete negligence rob a person of their whole life, isn't that just as bad as murder? I think it fits the definition, in one sense or another.
brr

Cape Coral, FL

#23 Jul 31, 2013
I think they were probably both at the scene of the crime and Paul did the actual killing. He was a scary dude, all of them were. Cutting peoples heads off isn't just being a punk or bad boy.
Family Friend of Paul M

Batavia, IL

#24 Aug 3, 2013
I just happened to find this site online tonight and was surprised to see conversation about the Paul Modrowski case. Paul was arrested in 1993; his trial was in 1995. He has been in prison/jail for over 20 years now.

Someone above has already explained how incompetent lawyers bungled Paul's case, so I won't add to that...but...in Paul's defense I want readers to know some facts before making judgment:

Paul was born with a neurological disability well known now as autism. He attended special schools and had therapy for years before entering high school. Because he was "different" he had a rough time making friends.

When an older married couple befriended him, he began going out with them--not knowing the man had a lengthy criminal record. When that man was arrested for the murder of Dean Fawcett, he and his wife both told police that "Paul did it." When police didn't believe them, they told police that Paul also "did the chicken murders", meaning the Brown's Chicken murders in Palatine.

The rest is history. Paul's trial was tainted from the beginning due to the constant reports by news media who named Paul as the "primary suspect" in the infamous restaurant murders of 7 people. Unfortunately, it was many years later that Luna and Degorski were arrested and convicted of those crimes.

Paul's quiet demeanor and lack of eye contact often lead others to think badly of him, but those are typical signs of autism and nothing else. His association with those criminals was merely due to his desire to have some companionship outside of family. It was the older man who began calling Paul by a different name, telling him it was a "cool" name.

I think it is terrible how the state prosecutor and news media twisted events to paint Paul out to be a criminal by association. No, the jury was never informed of Paul's disability (trial lawyer insisted they not know). Even the news media were not informed so they often referred to Paul's "stoic and unemotional" stance during trial.

Under intense pressure to solve the Brown's Chicken murders, the state prosecutors twisted facts and simply made some up at the trial in their effort to put Paul on death row.

Fortunately, the judge concluded there was no evidence at all that Paul was at the scene of the crime. But under the same pressure as the state, the judge deemed that the IL Law of Accountability applied. The judge and jury were left believing that Paul lent his car "in furtherance of the crime."

As someone above noted: Paul had 2 alibi witnesses who were never allowed to testify at trial. They both saw Paul AND HIS CAR on the night in question, and Paul was at their house 50+ miles away until 1 a.m.

This means Paul is another wrongfully convicted man in the state of Illinois. You may want to speculate and read rumors and innuendo, but the fact remains that Paul is innocent.

IF anyone here cares, the right thing to do would be to write a letter to Gov. Quinn, asking him to grant Paul's Clemency Petition which has been before him for several years.
Family Friend of Paul M

Batavia, IL

#25 Aug 3, 2013
brr wrote:
I think they were probably both at the scene of the crime and Paul did the actual killing. He was a scary dude, all of them were. Cutting peoples heads off isn't just being a punk or bad boy.
What you think and what the facts are vary immensely. The trial judge clearly stated that there was NO evidence that Paul was at the crime scene.

The real "scary dude" in that courtroom was a short, balding long time criminal who acted like a silly clown throughout the trial. Psychopath or sociopath better describes the actual killer.
Quinn

Wheaton, IL

#26 Oct 12, 2013
Free Paul Modrowski !!!
forteMore

Mokena, IL

#27 Mar 14, 2014
Quinn wrote:
Free Paul Modrowski !!!
What are the latest developments in the modrowski case? Has his attorney done anything with the "new" discoveries over the past couple years?
local praying person

Saint Charles, IL

#28 Apr 27, 2014
Paul's blog is brilliant!

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