Investigative Journalism often plays a vital role in overturning wrongful convictions. Such is true in the case of Andre Bryant. Bryant was convicted of robbery in 2006 and sentenced to serve 30 years in prison. Last year, Sarasota Herald-Tribune journalist Elizabeth Johnson began looking into Bryant’s case. After nine months of reporting, the Herald-Tribune published an investigation that raised questions about the arrest and conviction of Bryant in the 2006 robbery of a deputy’s wife and children. The investigation led the Innocence Project of Florida to represent Bryant and the State Attorney’s Office to re-examine the case. Last week, Bryant was released from prison following the the State’s decision to set aside the robbery conviction.
Kudos to Johnson and all other investigative journalists whose efforts are key to correcting the issue of wrongful conviction.
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