Samuel Lee Johnson is staring death in the face. His name appears on thousands of pages of federal documents that prosecutors say inculpate him in the 1996 kidnapping, torture and killing of alleged drug dealer Devon Chung and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Traci Carter.

Johnson and his attorneys have maintained that the documents — produced by an alphabet soup of federal agencies from the FBI to the INS — include exculpatory evidence crucial to the defense, as well as important background information that could speak to the credibility of the prosecution’s star witnesses.

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