Agitation for Baltimore Black Panther Marshal “Eddie” Conway’s release from prison after his controversial conviction of the 1970 murder of Baltimore Police Officer Donald Sager culminated in an equally controversial resolution passed by the Baltimore city council in 2001 that urged then Gov. Parris N. Glendening to issue him a pardon. The pardon never happened.
And now the 67-year-old Conway, who has always maintained his innocence of the killing, is being released on a something of a technicality. He is the latest of several convicts who have been released as a result of the Maryland Court of Appeals’ ruling “that jurors had been given improper instructions in cases tried before 1980.”
Conway will not be exonerated as a result of the ruling. Rather, his sentence has been changed to time served.