Just a quick post about the generosity we sometimes see from the public after exonerations. As I previously posted, after Ohio Innocence Project client Ricky Jackson, was exonerated, strangers from around the world came together to raise nearly 60k for Ricky to help him start his new life.
More recently, the good folks at the Cleveland Eye Clinic contacted me out of the blue and offered free eye services—lasik surgery, glasses, contacts, etc.–to Ricky and his two exonerated co-defendants, Wiley Bridgeman and Kwami Ajamu. They didn’t ask for anything in return, but I wanted to give them a shout-out here for stepping up and helping out some good guys in need. Kudos. We need more like them.
Wiley Bridgeman and Kwami Ajamu with the staff at Cleveland Eye Clinic
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Less than 2 weeks ago, Ricky Jackson and his co-defendants, Wiley and Ronnie Bridgeman, were exonerated in a Cleveland court after serving nearly 40 years in prison for a murder they didn’t commit. Prior to exoneration, the Ohio Innocence Project, which represented Jackson, set up a gofundme.com account for Ricky. Since that time, nearly $57,000 has been donated to help Ricky get a new start. More than $44k was donated directly on http://www.gofundme.com/rickyjackson, while another $12.5k was donated to Ricky outside of the website, through the OIP’s Phoenix Initiative fund. Donations came in from all over the world, after the case received international press. More than 15k has been donated to Wiley Bridgeman’s fund.
Because of the generosity of strangers, Ricky will have enough money to buy a car and get an apartment, and take his time receiving training in order to get a job, without being homeless and destitute in the meantime.
Thanks to everyone for this amazing show of support.
Donate to Rick here: http://www.gofundme.com/rickyjackson
Donate to his Wiley Bridgeman here: http://www.gofundme.com/wiley
On Wednesday, November 19, Nancy Petro reported on this blog about the exoneration of Ricky Jackson after 39 years in prison. See that story here.
CNN has posted a great video of his release from prison. See the 2 minute CNN video here.