Continuing Coverage | Anthony Sanborn Conviction Review

Anthony Sanborn is the first convicted murderer in Maine ever released on bail. He’s hoping this hearing will lead to him remaining free.

Anthony Sanborn is the first convicted murderer in Maine to be released on bail.

A hearing began Tuesday, Oct. 10, that he hopes will lead to him to remaining free.

Sanborn was convicted of the brutal murder of teenager Jessica Briggs down along the Portland waterfront in 1989. He was sentenced to serve 70-years in prison.

Below is NEWS CENTER's continuing coverage of the post-conviction review hearing of Anthony Sanborn:


Case charting new territory in Maine legal circles

The Anthony Sanborn case is charting new territory in Maine legal circles. The length of the hearing is just one of the many unusual aspects of this case.

Unusual circumstances in Sanborn case

FULL STORY: Maine legal experts weigh in on unusual nature of Anthony Sanborn hearing

DAY 14 - OCT. 27

Which witnesses are credible and which ones are not?

That will be an important decision for the judge deciding the Anthony Sanborn post-conviction review. Today a witness who previously placed Sanborn with Jessica Briggs on the night of the murder said she lied about that.

Witness in Sanborn case admits she lied

FULL STORY: Credibility of witnesses important factor in Anthony Sanborn hearing

DAY 13 - OCT. 26

Defense puts witness on stand who claims police ignored him when he tried to report a threat against Briggs

Defense calls witness who says police ignored him

VIDEO: Defense calls witness who says police ignored him

DAY 12 - OCT. 25

Could information found in boxes inside a retired detective’s home have helped clear Sanborn of a murder charge?

For nearly two decades those boxes sat inside Daniels home. The defense claims notes and information in those boxes, that never made it into official reports, could have cleared Sanborn.

Sanborn Day 12

FULL STORY: Investigation reports and notes stored at detective's home focus of Sanborn hearing

DAY 11 - OCT. 24

State’s attorney in hearing pieces together interviews, evidence gathered in case that led investigators to Sanborn

The defense claims police focused on Sanborn early on and did not look closely at other possible suspects. The state on Tuesday had its first opportunity to question the lead investigator in the Briggs murder investigation.

Sanborn hearing day 11

PT. 1 STORY: Former detective embarrassed to learn he took Sanborn reports home

PT. 2 STORY: State's attorney explores why investigators focused on Sanborn in Briggs murder

DAY 10 - OCT. 23

Former FBI investigator takes the statnd to talk about original investigation

Sanborn's attorney claims withheld information

VIDEO: Expert takes stand in Sanborn review hearing

DAY 9 - OCT. 20

Attorney who prosecuted Sanborn for the murder of Briggs takes the stand

Pam Ames is now a defense attorney. At the time of Sanborn’s trial in 1992 she worked for the Maine Attorney General’s office.

Sanborn hearing cont - Oct 19

FULL STORY: Former prosecutor takes stand at Anthony Sanborn hearing

DAY 8 - OCT. 19

Voices begin to rise as Sanborn's attorney wraps up her questioning

Justice Joyce Wheeler had to intervene at one point telling the two sides not to get into arguments.

Chris Rose explains the Anthony Sanborn review hearing

FULL STORY: Things get heated in Anthony Sanborn hearing


What exactly is a post-conviction review hearing?

NEW CENTER's Chris Rose explains what a post-conviction review hearing is and what the potential outcomes could be during an episode of NEWSCENTERnow at 4 p.m.

Sanborn hearing continues Oct 18

DAY 7 - OCT. 18

Testimony focuses on other possible suspects in the murder of Briggs

Retired Portland Detective James Daniels was asked about questioning a man named Karl Gee about the Briggs’ murder. Gee told Daniels he spoke with a man named David who told him he witnessed a man named Butch kill Briggs.

Sanborn Day 6 Oct 17

FULL STORY: Alternate suspects explored at Anthony Sanborn hearing

DAY 6 - OCT. 17

Second key witness recants testimony that helped convict a man who was jailed for 27 years

Glenn Brown said Tuesday he lied when he testified he saw Tony Sanborn with a knife and looking for 16-year-old victim Jessica Briggs the night before the killing.

Sanborn's lawyer argues evidence was suppressed

FULL STORY: Second key witness recants testimony in Sanborn hearing

DAY 5 - OCT. 16

Repeated arguments between lawyers as Sanborn review hearing begins its second week

In court Monday, for the second day, Sanborn’s attorney Amy Fairfield questioned retired Portland police detective Daniel Young.

Sanborn review hearing - day 4

FULL STORY: Sanborn's lawyer says important evidence was 'suppressed'

DAY 4 - OCT. 13

Fourth and final day of the review hearing's first week

An investigator who took statements from witnesses in the Jessica Briggs' murder case spent Friday morning on the stand in Cumberland County District Court.

Anthony Sanborn hearing 10/12/17

FULL STORY: Detective testifies at Sanborn conviction review hearing

DAY 3 - OCT. 12

Lead investigators in Briggs’ murder case spend another full day on witness stand

Sanborn’s attorney on Thursday focused on witnesses in Sanborn’s original trial, including Hope Cady. She was the state’s key witness who testified she saw Sanborn stab Briggs down along the Portland waterfront, but later recanted her story saying she lied after being pressured by police.

Anthony Sanborn hearing continues

FULL STORY: Lead detective in Briggs murder questioned for second full day at Sanborn hearing

DAY 2 - OCT. 11

Lead investigator in Briggs’ murder case spends entire second day on witness stand

Sanborn's attorney on Wednesday focused on handwritten notes taken by the lead detective, notes that never made it into official reports.

Anthony Sanborn hearing

FULL STORY: Lead detective in Briggs' murder spends day on stand in Sanborn hearing

DAY 1 - OCT. 10

Convicted murderer Anthony Sanborn back in court fighting for his freedom

In her opening statement, Sanborn’s attorney told the judge investigators focused on Sanborn and looked for ways to implicate him in the murder of Briggs.

NOW: Review of Sanborn conviction begins next week

FULL STORY: Convicted murderer, Anthony Sanborn, fighting for freedom in court


Anthony Sanborn is the first convicted murderer in Maine to be released on bail

“I was basically in survival mode for at least two years. I hung on because I thought someone's gonna do something. Like, someone's gonna have a conscience” he told NEWS CENTER after his release.

Full Raw Interview: Anthony and Michelle Sanborn

FULL STORY: Anthony Sanborn’s attempt to gain complete freedom begins Tuesday

The past, the present and the future.


FULL STORY: Anthony Sanborn conviction review: what you need to know


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