The worst case

1 Finding freedom in an art museum | Ricky Jackson | TEDxMet


1 okt. 2015

Ricky Jackson has become a hero to all who have met him. The injustice he faced—serving a 39-year prison sentence, some of it on death row, for a crime he did NOT commit—is unfathomable to us. He was convicted on the basis of a false testimony of a 12 year old boy. But even more remarkable is the grace and humility he carries in the wake of that injustice; the first thing he did when he was released was forgive his accuser.
Ricky Jackson grew up in Cleveland and as a young child spent countless hours wandering through the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 1975, at nineteen years old, he was convicted and sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. He was within a month of his execution date when his sentence was commuted to life in prison. Jackson spent almost his entire adult life—over thirty-nine years—in state prison before he was officially exonerated in 2015 at age fifty-eight. At the time of his release, he was the longest-serving innocent man in U.S. history.

2 Innocence Project Interview – Marvin Anderson


19 jun. 2007

Marvin Anderson served 15 years in prison in Virginia for a crime he didn’t commit. In this short interview, he talks about his arrest and conviction and the day the Innocence Project told him his evidence had been located and would prove his innocence.

3 Innocence Project Interview – Dwayne Dail


29 apr. 2008

North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence client Dwayne Dail served 18 years in a North Carolina prison for a rape he didn’t commit before DNA testing proved his innocence and led to his release and exoneration. Learn more at…

4 This is what freedom looks like after decades in jail


21 apr. 2015

Last year in the US a record number of prisoners were released after they were found to have been wrongfully convicted. Among them was Ricky Jackson, who wrongly spent 39 years in prison.

5 “Finally Free” – The Tony Wright Story


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15 nov. 2017

Convicted of a crime he did not commit, Tony Wright tells his story of perseverance on We Need To Talk. With the help of The Innocence Project, football, faith and family, he was set free.

6 IL Innocence Project wins release of Decatur man


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24 nov. 2016

A Decatur man walked free from the Macon County Courthouse on November 23, 2016, thanks to the efforts of the Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) at the University of Illinois Springfield. Newly discovered DNA evidence proves that Charles Palmer did not commit the 1998 murder of William Helmbacher.

7 Dean Cage — The Life After Innocence Project


11 feb. 2009

Dean Cage spent 14 years in Illinois’ prison system for a crime he did not commit. In 2005, The Innocence Project in New York took on his case and won his release on May 27, 2008 when DNA evidence established he could not have committed the crime for which he was convicted. Dean is still waiting to receive assistance from the state. A family man, Deans goals include spending quality time with his sons and fiancee, who supported him throughout his wrongful incarceration. Video by John Maki.

8 Innocence Project – Chris Ochoa


4 mei 2007

Chris Ochoa was proven innocent by DNA testing in 2002 after serving 12 years in Texas prisons for a murder he didn’t commit. He tells his story in this short interview.
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9 Innocence Project Interview – Steven Barnes


1 apr. 2009

Steven Barnes was freed Nov. 23, 2008, after spending nearly two decades in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. He sat down with the Innocence Project three months after his release to discuss the day he learned he would be freed and his first months of freedom.

10 Celebrating 25 years of the Innocence Project


23 mei 2017

A look back at 25 years since Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld founded the Innocence Project. Today, 350 people have been exonerated by DNA.

11 Jailed for 12 years: Andrew Mallard’s wrongful murder conviction | Australian Story


26 jun. 2019

When Pamela Lawrence was murdered in her Perth shop in 1994, police focused their investigation around one suspect, Andrew Mallard.

He quickly became the victim of a miscarriage of justice, spending 12 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

Andrew Mallard’s family fought successfully to release him, enlisting then WA Shadow Attorney-General John Quigley and journalist Colleen Egan who uncovered a trail of deception and police misconduct.

ABC’s Australian Story talks to the friends who stood by him until his untimely death in April 2019.

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12 LoA Celebration of Freedom & Justice — May 18, 2010 — The Exonerated


20 mei 2010

Nineteen exonerated individuals and more than 700 Innocence Project supporters came together May 18, 2010 in New York City for the Innocence Project’s 4th Annual Celebration of Freedom & Justice.

13 Ronald Taylor – Innocence Project Interview


7 apr. 2009

Ronald Taylor served 12 years in Texas prison for a rape he didn’t commit before DNA testing obtained by the Innocence Project proved his innocence and led to his release in 2007. He was officially exonerated in January 2008 and now lives in Atlanta with his wife, Jeanette.

14 – “12 Years Taken From Me”: Help End Wrongful Convictions


14 aug. 2007

When the innocent go to prison, the guilty go free. Hear Herman Atkins, a man exonerated by DNA evidence after serving 12 years in prison, tell his story of injustice and hope. Join him in the cause for freedom by taking action and urging the California legislature to help end wrongful convictions.

15 Innocent man freed after 32 years


17 mrt. 2017

A man who served 32 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit has told Sky News he never gave up believing he would be released.
Andrew Wilson, 62, walked free from a jail in Los Angeles after a judge threw out his murder conviction and vacated his sentence.

16 Wrongfully convicted man cleared after 28 years in prison


18 okt. 2014

David McCallum called his release this week a “bittersweet moment” after 28 years lost in prison. In October of 1986, McCallum and his friend Willie Stuckey were sentenced to 25 years to life for the kidnapping and murder of a 20-year-old man. Jericka Duncan reports.

17 Wrongfully convicted Missouri man released from prison after nearly 18 years


15 mei 2018

A Missouri man imprisoned for nearly two decades for a murder he didn’t commit is now free. An emotional David Robinson walked out of prison Monday night after Missouri’s attorney general and local prosecutors dismissed charges against him. “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty shows the difficult path to Robinson’s freedom.

18 “I Didn’t Know What the Sky Looked Like Any More”: Ricky Jackson Exonerated After 39 Years in Jail


26 nov. 2014

An Ohio man has been freed from prison after spending 39 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Ricky Jackson, a 59-year old African-American man, had been jailed since 1975 on a murder conviction. The prosecution’s case was based on the testimony of a 13-year-old witness. After a 2011 investigation, the witness recanted his testimony, saying he had implicated Jackson and two others under police coercion. The witness, Eddy Vernon, said police had fed him the story and threatened to arrest his parents if he didn’t cooperate. On Friday, Ricky Jackson was freed after prosecutors dropped the case. With nearly four decades wrongfully behind bars, Jackson is the longest-held U.S. prisoner to be exonerated. He joins us today along with his lawyer, Brian Howe, a staff attorney with the Ohio Innocence Project.
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19 Ricky Jackson and Kwame Ajamu on their Exonerations


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14 mrt. 2015

Ricky Jackson and Kwame Ajamu speak about their time on death row and subsequent exonerations at an event in Stow, Ohio.

20 He Served the Longest Sentence of Any Innocent U.S. Inmate (360°)


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7 dec. 2018

In this stunning 360° video, former U.S. inmate Rickey Jackson, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 40 years (including being on death row and in solitary), tells the story of his rebirth. At the time of his release, Jackson served the longest sentence of any exonerated U.S. inmate.
Use the arrows on the top left of the video window to watch from any angle, or just click and drag in any direction. “Send Me Home” was directed by Cassandra Evanisko and produced by Lonelyleap. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.

21 Ricky Jackson Interview release


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21 nov. 2014

Interview with Ricky Jackson release today

22 Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for 39 Years


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Ricky Jackson – who at one stage faced the death penalty – calmly stands before looking skywards and hugging his legal team

This is the humbling moment a man who spent 39 years in jail after being wrongly convicted of murder is set free.

Ricky Jackson, 57, appears to mouth ’thank you’ after being cleared, looks to the heavens, and then gratefully embraces his legal team before being led from the court room.

He was convicted along with two others for the 1975 murder of Harold Franks, a Cleveland-area money order salesman, after 12-year-old Eddie Vernon testified he saw the attack,
according to court documents.

However, when Vernon – now 53 – recanted his evidence and told authorities he had never actually witnessed the crime.
With no other evidence linking Jackson to the killing, in March lawyers for the Ohio Innocence Project filed a motion for a new trial after.

Vernon had told a pastor he was on a school bus at the time of the murder, which other witnesses confirmed.

Jackson is the longest-held U.S. prisoner to be exonerated, an lawyer for the Ohio Innocence Project said.

The two other men convicted alongside him, brothers Ronnie and Wiley Bridgeman, have also filed for a new trial.

Ronnie Bridgeman was released in 2003, but his brother remains in prison.

Jackson was originally sentenced to death but that sentence was vacated due to a paperwork error.

The Bridgemans remained on death row until Ohio declared the death penalty unconstitutional in

Man free after 39 years

23 The Most Painful Way To Become A Millionaire


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20 mrt. 2015

Political strategist, Cliff Schecter, explains the story of Ricky Jackson, who spent thirty nine years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The state of Ohio fast tracks a million dollars to Ricky Jackson as compensation wrongfully imprisoning him. Why we need a Bill of Rights for people in the justice system…
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24 Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for 39 Years


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15 mei 2017

Ricky Jackson spent nearly 4 decades behind bars, but thanks to the work of the Ohio Innocence Project and Mark Godsey, he was exonerated. He shares his incredible story.

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25 Prison exoneree Ricky Jackson: Death row ‘is not a place fit for human beings’


14 apr. 2015

Ricky Jackson, a Cleveland man who spent 39 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit, speaks at a Statehouse news conference Tuesday about the need to abolish — or, at least, reform — Ohio’s death penalty.

26 Men Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder Open Up About Exoneration | TODAY


28 feb. 2019

Three Ohio men spent decades in prison for a murder they didn’t commit, but they never gave up the fight to clear their names. Two of the three, Kwame Ajamu and Rickey Jackson, join TODAY to share the lessons they learned about freedom and forgiveness.

27 – 3 Men Exonerated After Spending 36 Years In Jail For 14-Year-Old’s Baltimore Murder


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25 nov. 2019

Three men, Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart were arrested on Thanksgiving in 1983, accused of killing 14-year-old Dewitt Duckett in the hallway off Harlem Park Junior High School over his Georgetown jacket.

28 Three Baltimore Men Exonerated After 36 Years Behind Bars For A Wrongful Murder Conviction


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29 nov. 2019

Three men who served 36 years in a Maryland prison were freed Monday after new evidence exonerated them in the killing of a Baltimore teen in 1983.

Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart were arrested on Thanksgiving and accused of killing 14-year-old Dewitt Duckett in the hallway of Harlem Park Junior High School over his Georgetown jacket.

Baltimore States’ Attorney Marilyn Mosby said that a re-investigation produced new evidence and testimony from witnesses that proved they were innocent.

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29 Imprisoned: The Man in a Tan Jacket. Otis Johnson, 40 years in prison for a charge he denies


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9 dec. 2019

Forty years ago, an anonymous caller alerted the NYPD to a suspicious man in a tan jacket selling drugs on the street. When the police arrived, the alleged drug dealer shot one of the officers and fled the scene. Hours later, a martial arts teacher, Otis Johnson, who was also wearing a tan jacket and training in a nearby park, was arrested and convicted of the attempted murder of a police officer.
Otis spent 40 years behind bars but has always maintained that his arrest was the result of misidentification. At the age of 69, Otis finally walked out of prison to face a very different world from the one he remembered. The first episode of our new Imprisoned series, about ex-cons who say they served time for crimes they didn’t commit, tells his story. Related: Black Lives series –

30 Finding my family after 44 years in prison | Al Jazeera Close Up



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31 dec. 2019
Last week, we shared the story of Otis as he tried to navigate the world after serving a 44-year sentence in prison. Now, we join him on his journey to find his family and reconnect with them to reunite with remnants of his past.

31  Man who spent 37 years in prison for 1983 Tampa murder may be freed Thursday due to DNA evidence


27 aug. 2020

A motion has been filed by Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren to free a man wrongfully convicted of a 1983 murder and attempted rape in Tampa. Story:

3 DNA clears man who served 37 years in prison for 1983 crime

28 aug. 2020

A Florida man who served 37 years behind bars walked out of prison one day after prosecutors said DNA evidence exonerated him in a 1983 murder and rape of a woman in Tampa. Robert Duboise, 55, was released Thursday from the Hardee Correctional Institution in Bowling Green, where his mother, sister and an attorney greeted him as a free man for the first time in nearly four decades, the Tampa Bay Times reports.“It’s an overwhelming sense of relief, ” Duboise told reporters, adding that he wasn’t angry for being wrongfully convicted in the case that relied on bite-mark evidence and a jailhouse informant. “I don’t have room in my life for bitterness. If you keep hatred and bitterness in your heart, it just steals your joy from everything else. ”Duboise, who was originally sentenced to death, saw his sentence later reduced to life in prison following an appeal. He was convicted in the 1983 murder and rape of Barbara Grams, 19, who was attacked as she walked home from her job at a Tampa mall, the newspaper reports. The Innocence Project picked up Duboise’s case in 2018 and notified the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit. Teresa Hall, the attorney who heads the department, told a judge Wednesday old DNA samples from a rape kit did not match Duboise, clearing the way for his Thursday release. Without a legal basis for keeping Duboise incarcerated, Judge Christopher Nash ordered he be set free and amended his life sentence to time already served. A Sept. 14 hearing has been set to overturn his conviction, the newspaper reports. Duboise learned Wednesday that he would soon be set free, but he had doubts, he said.”After all these years, you always have to wonder if they’re going to throw another curve in there somewhere, ” he told reporters. Recent tests of the DNA samples from the rape kit in the case did include DNA from two other men, including one who is now a person of interest in the 1983 slaying, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said.“I hope God has mercy on his soul, ” Duboise said. “I’m not his judge. ” 
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32 🇺🇸 Politics of Death Row | Fault Lines


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9 sep. 2010

With the US continuing to execute prisoners, Fault Lines presenter Josh Rushing looks at the politics driving capital punishment in the US.

Eighty per cent of the executions the US carries out occur in a handful of states in the South – where it is popular for politicians to run “tough on crime” campaigns.

Fault Lines travels to Oklahoma — which executes more prisoners per capita than any other state in the country. Josh Rushing gained rare access to Oklahoma’s death row and the prisoners there.

But across the US, there is a slow, but significant shift in America’s attitude towards the death penalty.

DNA testing and, in some states, a willingness by judges and prosecutors to revisit old capital cases have led to many well-publicised exonerations of death row inmates.

Since 1973 over 130 innocent people have been released from death row after establishing their innocence. The possibility of getting it wrong may have made juries nervous to hand out the death penalty … preferring life without parole.
And while the US is still very much pro-death for capital offences, that support has dropped to 65 per cent in 2006, down from 80 per cent in 1994.

People and organizations featured in this film include: Edith Shoals, Michael Selsor, Carol Anderson, Frank Keating, Richard Dieter, Jim Fowler, Constance Johnson, Greg Whilhoit, Commissioner Justin Jones, Oklahoma State Penitentiary, Death Penalty Information Center, Oklahoma Department of Corrections.