Read the transcript of the police interrogation here.
About this site
This website, petition and legal fund were created by Lansing-area community members to bring attention to the injustice that Kosgar Lado and his family have been enduring for months.
We believe the way that the criminal justice system has treated Kosgar is a disservice to him, his family, the taxpayers of Ingham County and all members of our community and beyond who value justice and human rights.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What the legal experts say
“To charge somebody who didn’t come forward of their own volition and had a false confession extracted is so far beyond the pale — it’s outrageous."
- David Moran, director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School (Lansing State Journal)
"The charge against Lado represents an inappropriate and unfortunate use of the statute being applied. ... Did Lado maliciously or recklessly intend to divert the police away from the truth or 'pervert the pursuit of justice?' To the contrary, the facts suggest that he was upset, confused and afraid and did not possess the requisite mens rea, or 'guilty mind,' required to form criminal intent."
- James Shonkwiler, longtime former executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (click here to read his letter)
“Lado did not purposely lead the police into a rabbit hole. He was arrested by police, put in handcuffs and taken … for an interrogation. He clearly did not want to talk with the police.”
- Steven Drizin, director of Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University's law school (Lansing State Journal)