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Group at KU agrees to review case of Lawrence man convicted in deadly fire at Boardwalk Apartments

September 6, 2011

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Recent prison mug shot of Jason Rose, who was convicted on three counts of manslaughter by a Douglas County jury for his involvement in the 2005 Boardwalk Apartment fire in Lawrence. Rose's case has recently been taken by the Kansas University Project for Innocence. Rose is serving a 10-year sentence, and is eligible for parole in June 2014.

Recent prison mug shot of Jason Rose, who was convicted on three counts of manslaughter by a Douglas County jury for his involvement in the 2005 Boardwalk Apartment fire in Lawrence. Rose's case has recently been taken by the Kansas University Project for Innocence. Rose is serving a 10-year sentence, and is eligible for parole in June 2014.

The Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at the Kansas University School of Law plans to review the case against the Lawrence man convicted of the deadly Boardwalk Apartment fire.

The fire at the apartment building on Oct. 7, 2005, killed three people. Jason Rose, who lived at Boardwalk, was convicted of setting the fire and is serving 10 years in prison on three counts of manslaughter.

Alice White, attorney for the Project for Innocence, said her office was contacted by someone who knew Rose, asking the group to take a look at Rose’s legal case.

After a preliminary review, White said she was concerned about some aspects of Rose’s appeal, as well as the overall investigation of the case.

“We’d just like to review it,” she said.

Rose, who confessed to investigators days after the blaze, has since maintained his innocence.

There’s a chance that no more options for appeal are available, White said. A Kansas Appeals Court denied an appeal filed by one of Rose’s court-appointed attorneys, Kari Nelson, in March 2010. Rose then had a year’s window to file an appeal in the federal courts, but did not do so. That could mean there isn’t any legal avenue to keep case the alive, White said.

“We need to figure out how to get it back in court,” she said.

Rose, who’s incarcerated at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, is eligible for parole in June 2014.

Comments

snuffysmif 2 years, 7 months ago

A friend of mine was murdered in that fire. Let's be careful who we let out of prison. We should pay attention to what a jury of reasonable people had to say about it when the information was fresh.

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consumer1 2 years, 7 months ago

many people who know Rose personally have said he has some disabilities and may have initially confessed without knowing what he was confessing to. There seem to be quite a few unanswered questions regarding the evidence.

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classclown 2 years, 7 months ago

Kind of hard in Bundy's case wouldn't you think?

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UNIKU 2 years, 7 months ago

This just in...Charles Manson and Ted Bundy maintain their innocence and want a new trial too...film at 11....

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UNIKU 2 years, 7 months ago

Sounds like Smitty's handiwork....THEY'RE ALL FRAMED!!!!!

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Dolph4 2 years, 7 months ago

This idiot burned people. He should have fried also. It will be nice when he gets out and all the people who lost everything can Southern-justice the bejesus out of him.

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goodcountrypeople 2 years, 7 months ago

There's a big problem with wrongful convictions in KS, mostly because of all the power abuses and conflict-of-interest politics among those in charge, including prosecutors. Heard the KS novelist Nancy Pickard on KPR Presents Sunday evening talking about a novel she wrote on the topic, The Virgin of Small Plains. It's pretty disappointing for idealistic people who have high expectations for those in charge to have to deal with such low, dishonest liars. Even local judges seem implicated. Boo Southern-justice, criminal injustice system! Sincerely hope Rose can get his case back in court. Secretly, I bet Douglas County prosecutors realize that many KU officials who viciously try to frame people, including their lawyers and HR Department, would make extremely impeachable and discreditable witnesses in open court.

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