- Chol Soo Lee, A Korean-American man who was wrongfully convicted of a 1973 gang murder in San Francisco and whose case inspired Asian-Americans of all backgrounds to mobilize for his freedom has died at age 62, friends said on Thursday.
- Vietnam President orders review of murder case to prevent possible wrongful execution
- Wrongful conviction settlement cases costing Chicago taxpayers
- Prosecutors won’t fight attempts by 3 men to gain millions for wrongful imprisonment of 1975 slaying
- Drive underway to award late exoneree Timothy Cole with honorary degree
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.
- RIP exoneree Darby Tillis
- Chicago Tribune review of Parade, a musical about a wrongful conviction
- How the criminal justice system fails the deaf community
- A Catholic monsignor has been exonerated by the Vatican for alleged child abuse, after being suspended from the church for more than a decade. [Editors note: While I don’t know anything about this case, and whether this monsignor is innocent or guilty, knowing what I know about the criminal justice system and how we humans are prone to the witch hunt mentality (like we saw with the “Day Care Hysteria Cases“), I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the abuse cases against Catholic priests coming in the past 15-20 years are bogus.]