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October 7, 2010

LKL Web Exclusives: Exonerated from crimes they didn't commit

Posted: 11:48 AM ET

This is an LKL Web Exclusive by Richard Miles, Keith Turner and Billy James Smith, three men wrongly convicted of crimes, and authors Peyton Budd and Rev. Dorothy Budd. The men's stories are chronicled in the new book "Tested: How Twelve Wrongfully Convicted Men Held onto Hope"!

By Richard Miles

My name is Richard Ray Miles and first and foremost I appreciate the opportunity to appear on the Larry King Show. It has always been a dream to have my 15 minutes of fame and what better way to embrace fame than with Mr. Larry King.

I was asked to write a small essay on the reality of false imprisonment and the things that I overcame while incarcerated. It is no secret now to the entire nation that people are Falsely Imprisoned. That is now a resounding truth, so there is no need to write on that topic. What I will do, is let you, the reader, know why the book Tested is important and a tool that any and everyone should get.

Prison is not just a physical location. Every day we witness someone in prison, whether it is a mental issue, emotional state of mind, financial insecurity or spiritual weakness. THOSE ARE ALL PRISONS. So there is a direct relation between our struggles and your everyday struggles. You never know the strength you have until you have been placed under the pressure that requires more than you feel you have. I had to realize who I was and I had to accept who God made me to be. Once I accomplished that, I began to see my strengths, use them, acknowledge my weaknesses and work on them, but all in the same instance, thank God for the trail I had to go through.

I can’t say that my situation was worse than the next person, nor can I say it was better, but what I will say is the determining factor in all our struggles is WHAT IS THE POSITION OF YOUR HEAD, meaning what are you looking for and at. That is what being truly TESTED is about.

by Peyton Budd

I’m sitting on the plane, flying to LAX, with my mother and six of the men from the book. We are all friends. We’re excited and nervous; we make jokes and fool around. But every now and then I am struck by an overwhelming sadness. For the majority of their adult lives, these men were locked in 8X9 foot cells, counting down the days of a sentence that was not really theirs. Years of knowing that the real perpetrator walked the streets, knowing that family members were growing up and changing, and wondering if anybody really believed the truth.

Flying scares me. During this three hour flight, I am counting down the minutes with a strange, internal mixture of boredom and terror. Three hours seems like forever, but what about three years, thirteen years, more.

The book Tested tells the story of twelve men who suffered the horrors and injustice of wrongful conviction. It goes past the surface, past the news story and asks the questions: How did you survive? What really got you through this experience? In the answers to these questions we found stories that made us angry, stories that made us laugh, and stories that made us cry. Beyond the tragedy of wrongful conviction, there are amazing men full of hope and resilience who have taught me to take nothing for granted and live every moment with conviction and integrity. I think the book portrays these men and their stories in a way that can help us all cope with the many tests of our lives and come out better for it on the other side. After decades of silence, these men deserve to be heard. For more about the book visitwww.testedthebook.com.

By  Rev. Dorothy Budd

When this project began six months ago I never thought I would be flying with my daughter Peyton and seven exonerated men across the country to appear on Larry King Live.  I began this project intrigued as a former Dallas County prosecutor with what their stories would reveal about our legal system and compelled as deacon in the Episcopal Church to pay special attention to the voice of these men who might otherwise never be heard.

I expected to come to see the legal system through a different set of eyes and I have.  I thought I would learn harsh truths about the realities of life inside the Texas penal system and I did.  I anticipated that I would hear stories of hope faith and patient endurance and I did.  What I never expected was that these 12 men would teach me so much about how to live in such a way that my own life became richer and more meaningful.  With my law degree and Masters in Divinity I did not foresee that men whose education’s had been cut short and whose lives had been drastically confined would become not only my friends, but also my teachers.  Their unexpected stories of using their inner strengths and talents to overcome trials that would slowly crush the life out of most people taught me strategies for living that I know I will call on and draw strength from time and time again throughout the rest of my life.  To learn more about these amazing men visit www.testedthebook.com.  The men you will meet there and the things you will learn from them will surprise you.

by Keith Turner:

My mother was my Guidance, my strength, and she told me how to read, drive, cook, sew, and she told me how to be a man and to believe what’s right and she believed in me to the end. She was the best mother I could have ever had because she was a strong woman of hope, faith, who never gave up, and believed that there was nothing that couldn’t be done. She knew to always fight for what was right. The guidance that she gave me made me a better man today. I think what happened to me when I was falsely accused and wrongfully convicted of rape destroyed her deeply inside to the point that she died. Her strength gives me hope and faith to fight for my rights and that is why I am a blessed man today. I thank her for being my mother to the end.

by Billy James Smith:

In 1986, August 1st I was arrested for sexual assault of a black female. Someone I had never met or greeted. Never did I think I would be sentenced to serve a life sentence for a crime I did not commit. I could never have imagined that this would be the beginning of a test unlike any test I had ever been tested with before. It turned out to be the greatest testimonial I have ever been a part of.

No one can survive a prison sentence and serve 19 years, 11 moths and not suffer physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and come out not having been affected. Today when people talk about the wrongfully convicted they ask more about compensation than about my mental and physical well being. When I was in prison did you know that caring about wealth and possessions or my lack of them was never a part of my test. I was being tested in my talents, knowledge, opportunities, and even their opposites.

Everything that changed about me and my personality and conduct today came from how successful I was in holding on to the faith I gained from the hope that was buried deep inside of me. Only a living God could have given me the will to live and survive. Even today through all that I’ve been through or continue to go through, God is not through with me yet. But through it all so far, through all of this my Justice will come through in the way I move on with my life.

Looking back at my wrongful conviction, looking back at the accusation, the lie, the misidentification that led to my conviction…it all causes me mental exhaustion. I was ready to give up on life and end it all. No one should contemplate suicide even when you know that you didn’t do it. Why did I? Because no matter which way I turned, it turned with me. No matter how hard or how fast I tried to out run it, at the time I was most afraid, it followed me. You see that’s the way evil is. It just follows you. The solace I found to deal with this evil and get it off of me was when I gave my suffering, my sickness, my pain to the Almighty God. I was only able to give up anger and hate and rage through the serenity I found in the faith and hope I have today. I just have one question. I was glad to get out, I was very happy to get out, but I was not excited to get out. Can anyone tell me why? I wasn’t excited to get out. Please someone. Please tell me. Please tell me. Please help me stop crying inside. I have not finished crying yet.

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Luis B. Rosario   October 4th, 2010 7:14 pm ET

It is tough to be in prison even when you committed the crime, but
when you are innocent and get convicted, it is really cruel
and inhumane to be subjected to the abuse of prison guards
that are looking for the minimum excuse to assault you and
to increase your penal time; in that way they can justify overtime
and another job for their cousins, their wives, siblings and other
members of family. Hiring practices and guidelines are not
the same for correction officers who work in most medium
and maximum prisons. Inmates convicted of violent offenses
including vehicular assault are sent to upstate (out of the city
limits ) prisons; some of them 400 to 500 miles away from
from the nearest family(depending on the size of the state).
Those out of city prisons are managed by local correction
officers who grew up in the same neighborhood and who
are usually related by blood or by marrriage, because other
state correction officers don't want to travel too far, Consequently
when an inmate gets in trouble with a C.O. (correction officer)
all the C.O. are your enemy. These C.O.s are there to look
out for you safety and protect your civil rights. Those rights
are reserved for the C.O.(s) Most macimum prisons don't
have vidoe cameras and audio systems to regigister inmate
and C.O.'s interaction.

When an inmate is accused of a prison violation (especially)
against a C.O., or against a civilian working for the
correctional facility in the canteen(meal area or kitchen), in
the commissary(store selling food and other other supplies
to inmates); the inmate better watch it. It is bad to have a
confrontation with another inmate but nothing compared to
having a disagreement with a C.O. Most C.O.s will write you
off from safety and protecttion. From that day on the inmate
will be the victim of free for all and the silloute for target practice
for other C.O.s Under these circumtances, the chances for an
inmate to walk out of correctional facility without the C.O.s
writing you up. (even for just looking at the C.O are very slim.
The chances of getting assaulted for retribution by prison C.Os
are very high(95 %)? You don't believe it,, God forbid that you
never become a prison inmate in a "maxim security) prison,
even if you convicted of feloney without violence. ( 90% of the
C.O.s know what the inmate 's crime designation is ); i.e.,
felony with assault, felony burglary, felony robbery, felony larceny,
etc, etc., but they don't access to the records if the inmate
was convicted of a crime without intentional physical assault.

Therefore, most prisoners are "just prisoners who committed
an atrocity, to all all correction officers.
The C.Os can be nasty, cruel and hostile, not only to the
inmates but also to a visiting family member, or friend.
If you go to prison facility to visit and inmate, you better not answeer
to a C.O.s for any perceived harassment intended by the C.O.
to the visitor. The prison C.O.s could ask that a visitor be banned
for any infraction, including alleged disorderly conduct , any type
of alleged misconduct leveled at you by the offended C.O.(s).

We talk about Abu ghabi 's prisoners of war or insurgency detained in Guantanamo . I believe that most inmates convicted
of violent offenses will become the victim of an assault at the
hands of a correction officer at the hands of a C.O. rather than
at the hands of another inmate.

When an inmate is assaulted by a C.O. for retribution or
because the C.O. is just a sick maniac (a sadist) who
unfortunately was hired to manage the custody of inmates
at a cirrectional facility, the sssault will be done by 3 to 5
guards. ( Two to perpetrate the assault and 2 or 3 to stand
guard as backup, or as lookout). The prisoner is taken to
an isolated location within the prison grounds and assaulted
into submission out of sight., The C.O involve then files
a report either that the prisoner fell or that the inmate assaulted
the C.O. and that the inmate was finally subdued after a
struggle.

Most pisoners get out of jail already mentally, and physically
damaged. and when they finally returned to the community
they are not able to re-assimilate to the mores and social demands
of the community. They are denied a job, they are denied medical
assistance, they are denied friendship and they are usually marked
forever. More often than not inmates become victims of the
revolving door cliche (stereotype) or they join the exprsioners
or future prisoners clique in order to survive. Itt is a vicious cycle,
usually caused by the criminal justice system.


Luis B. Rosario   October 4th, 2010 7:26 pm ET

Sorry about all the typos on aforementioned blog. I write on the fly
without time to check spelling and punctuation.


robert beliveau   October 5th, 2010 1:31 am ET

Bullying is a constant across the globe...from within ever part of our world. Politicians and their campaign money bullies all of us into being sacrificed by the predatory US banks that paid for their campaign...Politicians bully each other on national TV rather than address the real issues...Young peers have sacrificed one another because of their own insecurities since the beginning of humanity...In modern times, most of these insecurities were formed because TV couldn't fulfill every part of a surrogate parent that they so deeply needed...Yes, teachers have tried to do their part to intervene but even they are bullied. Teachers are bullied by vindictive principals, uninformed parents, politically inspired news papers (LA Times), and an 84 year old superintendent, Ray Cortinez, who likes to focus on student test scores more than digital curriculum planning, pacing plans, or true collaboration where "everyone contributes and everyone is accountable." Instead, society relentlessly ridicules teachers the only true surrogates to these students. So, who really killed these gay teens? Their naive bullies seem to be on trial...Yet, has anyone asked who killed Rigoberto Ruelas, the 5th grade Montebello/LAUSD teacher? Suicide could be considered just another sign of urban terrorism that could be viewed as bullying...that could escalate into more domestic terrorism if people continue to bully one another...out of their opportunity to enjoy life.


sylvia ceja   October 7th, 2010 12:14 am ET

my name is sylvia ceja and i really need your help my son francisco marin was falsiy convicted of a crime he did not commit and was given life even if the d.n.a. cleared him three times.please help us he's been inthere 11years for a crime he didn't commit my two handicapped daughters passed away please dont let them take my son away please help us
thank you sylvia ceja


Elvira Aguilar   October 7th, 2010 1:26 am ET

10-6-2010. I was watching the interviews with the people who made the movie, conviction. Also there was a question about, if you knew anyone who was in prison. Well, I do. His name is Guillermo Rucobo Rios, and he is serving life in the Sterling Correctional Prison, for a crime he didn't do. Now i'm his ex and was not with him when this happened. Threw my son we started talking again, to make a long story short. I have all his court papers and files and I may not know much, but I didn't know that they could convict a person, whom they had no evidence or finger prints,semen, teethprints,hair sample, and other forms. That they took,and just convicted im to life. I have contacted the Innocence Project in New York, the have sent him a questioner,for him to fill out, he has but this was last year, and i called them.But the give me no info. All they tell me is, they will contact him. I really believe in the Program, but if there is any other form of help. Please let me know. I strongly believe that
Guillermo Rucobo Rios, is one of the many the have been wrongfully accused. Please if there is any way,please let me know. Sincerely. Elvira Aguilar.


John Nellum   October 7th, 2010 3:14 pm ET

I have a son wrongfully convicted in Calif. because his case dosen't involve DNA I have not been able to get help from the innocent project I remain hopeful that our cry for justice will be heard, do you know of any one will to look at our case pro-bono ?


WitchHunt   October 7th, 2010 3:48 pm ET

David Leonard Wood has been cleared by DNA evidence for the serial killings in El Paso, Texas. Yet, he sits on death row in Texas waiting to be executed. While women continue to dissapear and be murdered on the borderland of El Paso/Juarez.

Free David Leonard Wood


Dale & Donna Horner   October 7th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

My name is Donna Horner. This is in regard to our nephew, Stephen L. Allen. His wife was murdered at there home in Washington County, Bartlesville, OK. June 1990. Steve was wrongfully convicted in Aug. 1991, so he is starting on his 20th year in prison. His sentance is "LIFE WITHOUT'. We believe there was not enough evidence or murder weapon for a conviction. My husband, Dale & I attended the trial every day and cannot believe he was convicted.
The Defense's Expert Witnesses was Dr. Michael Baden,Medical Examiner,NY, Peter Barnett,CA.Crime Lab Expert, Bart Epstein & Terry Laber, Associated with the Crime Lab for the MN. State Police, Blair Glubs, Retired Naval Officer who handled homicide investigations worldwide for the Navy and Marine Corps.,A.E. Reynolds, Contact Lens Expert, Tulsa, OK. They all believed he is innocent.
We were not allowed by the Judge for a change of venue. At this time, we do not have an attorney, because we have exhaused all funds.
We visit him often and Steve has never changed his testimony. We have a CD copy of the transcript. Steve lost his wife and never got to see his three little boys grow up. His three grown sons all visit him and believe he is innocent.
Thank you.


Shonsharay Kimble   October 7th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

Hello my name is Shonsharay Kimble and my brother Terrance Kimble was wrongfully convicted in Oregon back in Dec.2000 on a crime he did not commit. All evidence including DNA cleared him but as of today Oct.7,2010 my brother is still sitting in jail on a 19.9 year sentence. I no for a fact my brother did not commit this crime. My mother and myself have tried everything we could to help him get but has been unsuccessful because we're in Calif. and he's in Oregon. At the beginning of this year my mother was told by her doctor that she has lung cancer and fears that she will not live long enough to see my brother be set free. His 18yr. old son has not seen him in 10yrs and needs his father. What we really want to know is there anyway possible that yourself or Anderson Cooper 360 could look at a video that was made on my brother's behalf on You Tube and search under coleman-kimble case and also look at the petition site (goggle) freeterrancekimblefromprison.com. It would greatly be appreciated. Also for others reading this could you all PLEASE go to goggle also and sign the petition. Thank you all very much and may god bless

FREE Terrance Kimble


Kimberly Montgomery   October 8th, 2010 2:54 am ET

I read your story regarding the men who were wrongfully convicted for crimes they did not commit and this was very heartbreaking for me because I too have a son that is currently serving time in California for a crime he did not commit. He has exhausted two appeal attempts and has until February, 2011 to file to the Supreme Court for a final plea. We have exhausted all of our personal resources to get him help, so we do not have the financial resources to hire an attorney for this final appeal. Also, because the crime he has been charged with does not involve DNA, it is very, very difficult to get assistance for him. He did not have any prior convictions to the charges he has against him and he has been incarcerated since 2005 and is loosing hope. Please, if there is anyone out there who can or will help my innocent son not continue to serve this sentence for a wrongful conviction, our family, especially my son will be very appreciative. Please help my son–a desperate mother's plea! Thank you.


Kimberly Montgomery   October 8th, 2010 2:56 am ET

I forgot to indicate in the previous blog, my son's sentence is 25 years to life.


Free Smiley   October 8th, 2010 12:07 pm ET

This information is a blessing to know that these men kept the faith and set free. God bless them. I ask for some one to look into Mr. Eric Smiley's case in Seattle, WA wongfully convicted of murder of a undercover seattle police officer in 1994. He has done 17yrs for a crime he didn't do. As you know Seattle police dept have been having alot of problems up here in Seattlet. But to tell you the truth it has been going on forever. Mr. Smiley has been set up..... With Mr. Smiley's case there is alot of loop holes>>>>he has been trying to reach out for years to be heard......someone please give him a chance to speak....someone look at this case. this case was one of the biggest cases in Washington state. He is wrongfully covicted. Mr. Smiley is located at Monroe Corectional Center-twin Rivers Unit in Monroe Wa....thxs


Janice Hayward   October 8th, 2010 3:32 pm ET

What happens to the individuals that have been wrongfully convicted when they are released from prison? Since they probably can not find a job, does the Federal or State Government give them money to live on? Since some of them have been incarcerated form many years, will they be elgible for Social Security? And if not elgible for Social Security, how are they to support themselves at retirement? These are some of the questions I think many people would like answers to. It would be great if there would be a follow up show on this.


Patricia Reidhead   October 10th, 2010 6:18 pm ET

I am commenting on this because my husband is in prison for something he didn't do. He was convicted in 2004 on a crime that was imposible for him to have commited. He sits in the Tucson AZ. Prison. He has been there now for 6yrs. 7mos. I have been in his life for almost 3yrs. now and I will stand by him forever. We want to get his voice heared and to get him set free, I would very much so like to have any information anyone has that will set my husband free.

Thank You.


Vicky   October 10th, 2010 7:19 pm ET

My sympathy goes to those of you in search for justice. The fact is that
we no longer have justice in America because our legal system is broken, resulting in corruption. We need change. President Obama also wants change. As a Constitution professor, President Obama will be our best asset, therefore I suggest that we all contact him for change.


Jackie   October 11th, 2010 1:58 am ET

YES I DO BELIEVED THAT MANY PEOPLES ARE IN PRISON FOR BEING FALSELY ACCUSED AND MY SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO THEM DEEPLY. U DO HAVE JAIL STITCHES N PEOPLE WHO WILL GO OUT OF THERE WAY TO HURT OTHERS JUST BECAUSE THEY DON'T EVEN LIKE U AND U DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY. THEY WILL CHANGE YOUR NAME EVERYTHING GIVE U A NAME FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE LIKE HAVING TO REGISTER FOR SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE NOT. AND U HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE SITTING IN THE HIGH PLACES AND HAVE GOOD POSITIONS ON JOBS THAT THEY DON'T EVEN NEED ESPECIALLY IF U HAVE SKELTONS IN THERE CLOSET. U FIND FAULTS IN OTHERS BUT WHAT ABOUT YOURS. GOD KNOWS BEST, BUT U KNOW THAT GOD GRACE AND MERCY WHAT GET ME THROUGH, I'M GOING TO HOLD TO GOD'S UNCHANGING HANDS AND KEEP THE FAITH AND HE WILL SEE US THROUGH THESE BAD TIMES. I'M GLAD I COULD COMMENT ON THIS BLOG. THANKS AND I WILL BUY THE BOOK.


Nate Naylor   October 11th, 2010 3:17 am ET

I have questions about dvd movies that i can get in dvdrip and R5 formats that arent even out yet...(most call it boot legging)... I get them off legal random websites and "give" them to others. I pay for the blank dvds, but they give gifts. Its a lucrative biz. Am i wrong in the fact of doing so? I know many websites to gat them from.... does that fall under the law of pirating???? im juss a superb intelligent black guy from Fort Dodge Iowa who shook Mr. Ombama's hand....(got pics) that is trying to make a living.....Obama's mah mann, all GQQD


Robyn Alexander   October 11th, 2010 10:51 am ET

The Brother asked a question, when will the crying stop! My answer to the question is why should the crying stop," has it stop for all of the ones that came before us, if they did then, we must do now.! And for those to come!"


Michel Rene   October 11th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

Thus as I am seeking for justice against the NY(LI) Nassau County Criminal Justice system for being so imjust against low class poor black, and latino immigrants so wrongfully, which causes that while I was a homeless and arrested by state police officers for immigration and ending in a state county jail, and released 1, year after, then 3, years after my record shows that I was arrested for selling nacrotic drug, with possession zero amount, and for the amount zero dollar, so that's a wrongfully conviction
As stupid it sound, and again while a homeles, I got arrest while standing at the DMV (LI NY) and arrested now forging someone's name who says he pays me 100,00, dollars to help him getting a drivers license, also is a wrongful conviction for black and latino only because is a lye, and also if someone pays somebody to help him filling papers does means I forge his/her
Name, And again this arrest was dismissed and sealed (for lack of evidences) a getting me certificate proving that I must release from jail, but intead I was held in prison 5, years under the ground that I was convicted, is also wqrongful conviction of the black, and latino immigrant in the. Nassau County Criminal Justice system, is purely bias, and injustice.

And,, so that Nassau _
County justice system were repossible for the action of the LI train massacre Collin Furgoson.
Mchel Rene, now learn about injustice, and corruption in the Nassau Coumty criminal justice system.


DELILAH YOUNGBLOOD   October 11th, 2010 7:33 pm ET

HELLO MR. LARRY KING: I LIVE IN ** BATON CORRUPTED ROUGE LA*** I'M GLAD THAT THIS TOPIC CAME UP ON YOUR SHOW. THERE R SO MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE THAT R N JAIL ,CAUSE THE POLICE HALF OF THE TIME HOLD GRUGGLES AGAINST U WHEN THEY FIND OUT WHO YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE, YOUR BACKGROUND,OR JUST DOWN RIGHT DIRTY. WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD PROBLEMS HERE WITH POLICE SYSTEM FOR SEVERAL YEARS. IT'S SO SAD TO SAY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT HERE IS SUCH CROOKS AN THE D.A'S OFFICE AS WELL. MY SON AN GIRLFRIEND HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF A CRIME THAT THEY HAVE KNOW KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT HAPPEN. ( MAY 24, 2008) MY YOUNGEST SON WAS IN ACCIDENT ON THE HIGHWAY WHEN A ARGUEMENT BROKE OUT WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE WRECK. DURING THE INCIDENT A MAN WAS SHOT BY SOMEONE WHO WAS AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT. ONCE THE POLICE OR DETECTIVES CAME TO THE SCENE EVERYONE WAS GONE. BY THIS TIME THEY FOUND SOME MAIL IN THE CAR WITH MY OLDEST SON NAME ON IT, WHICH LEAD THEM TO COME TO OUR HOUSE ON MAY 25, 2008. MY UNCLE AN SON AN OTHER RELATIVES WAS THERE AT THE TIME, THE DET. CAME. THEY ASK TO SPEAK TO EVERYONE THERE INCLUDING MY SON, HE ASKED THEM WHAT DID THEY NEED. THE DET. CHARLES DATSON QUESTION MY SON , ABOUT THE SHOOTING MY SON TOLD HIM HE DID'NT NO WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT. MY SON TOLD THE DET. HE WAS ALREADY ON PROBATION AN HE DIDN'T WANT TO GET N ANYMORE TROUBLE. MY YOUNGEST SON DIDN'T HAVE NO CRIMINAL RECORD. THE DET. TOLD HIM THAT IF HE NEEDED TO TALK TO HIM ANYMORE, HE WOULD B IN CONTACT. THE VERY NEXT DAY MY 2 SON'S, HIS GIRLFRIEND, AN UNCLE, WERE ALL OVER THE WORLD NEWS CHARGED WITH (ATT.1ST MURDER ,FELON WITH FIREARM, ACCESSORY) MY OLDEST SON AN GIRLFRIEND WERE AT HOME SLEEP. THE DET. TOLD MY SON IF I WOULD HAVE LIKED SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY, MAYBE I WOULD HAVE GAVE U A BREAK. IT'S SO SAD WE'VE SPEND OVER 25,000 TO FIGHT FOR MY SON FREEDOM, IT;S BAD WHEN U CAN'T SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF WHEN U NO U RIGHT. I'VE ASKED SEVERAL PEOPLE TO HELP US THEY ACT, LIKE THEY'RE MORE SCARED THAN ANYTHING. MY SON AN GIRLFRIEND LOST JOBS, HOUSE,PRIVACY ETC. DUE THE FACT THE POLICE SYSTEM DNT WANT THE TRUTH TO COME OUT, CAUSE A LOT OF THEM WANT HAVE A JOB ON TOMMORROW. THEY USE THEY'RE BADGES AN INK PENS AN CAUSE A INNOCENT HUMAN BEING THEIR LIFE. I DNT CARE WHAT IT TAKES I'M WILLING TO GO ALL THE WAY IF I COULD JUST, GET SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO OUR STORY, I PROMISE U ALL THE DET. WROTE WAS A BUNCH OF FALSE LIES. I JUST WANT THEM TO SEE HOW IT FEEL'S WHEN THEY FIND OUT HOW MUCH THEY OFFICERS DO BEHIND CLOSE DOORS, PLEASE IF ANYONE IS READING THIS AN CAN HELP ME PLEASE DO SO!!!!!!!!!!! SECOND TOPIC: MY HUSBAND IS ALSO BEING CHARGE WITH 2 COUNTS OF MURDER FOR WHAT SOMEONE SAID. MY HUSBAND IS A QUITE PERSON HE NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH KNOW ONE. WE SELL OLD SCHOOL CARS FOR A LIVING AN OWN OUR OWN BUSINESS.AT SOME POINT AN TIME SOME YOUNG GUYS ACTED LIKE THEY WANTED TO BUY A CAR, BUT THE WHOLE TIME THEY WERE MAKING OUT PLANS TO ROB MY HUSBAND IN THE PROCESS FOR THE MONEY AN CAR, CAUSE ONE OF THE GUYS DID'NT LIKE MY HUSBAND, CAUSE HE WOULD'NT TAKE LESS FOR THE CAR. BY THIS TIME ONE OF THE GUYS DECIDED TO ROB THE ONE WHO GAVE THEM, THE MONEY FOR THE CAR AT FIRST. IN THE MIST OF WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN THEM, ONE OF THE GUYS SHOT AN KILLED WHO HIS OWN FRIENDS, TELLING THE POLICE A DIFFERENT STORY ABOUT THE CRIME. THIS GUYS WAS ASSOCIATED WITH RECORD GROUPS AN VIDEO TELLING WHAT THEY DO FOR A LIVING. MY HUSBAND(REGINALD YOUNGBLOOD) HAS NEVER BEEN A ON A VIDEO, DON'T SMOKE OR DRINK, DNT HANG OUT, JUST A GOOD PERSON TO EVERYONE. THE CITY IS AT SHOCKED WHEN THEY SAY HIM ON THE NEWS , THEY NO HE IS NOT THAT TYPE OF PERSON. I CNT GIVE ALL THE DETAIL BUT I'M WILLING TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT HOW SOMEONE COULD JUST CALL A PERSON NAME AN CAUSE THEM THEIR WHOLE LIFE. PLEASE HELP US AS SOON AS SOMEONE CAN PLEASE !!!!!!!!!


dorothy terrell   October 11th, 2010 7:51 pm ET

I am the mother of one of four men who was wrongfully convicted of rape of a six year old girl in 1985. Since then she has confessed that the 4 men did not do it. It has been 2 years since one case has been filed but still no justice. Can you help?


Michel Rene   October 12th, 2010 10:14 am ET

Ofcource, we still have a justice system whether Federal, but its for sell, because the innocents who don't have money to justice always ending in prison,
So, keeping changing Judges is not all to fix it, so to fix it
Is to apply a zero tolerence when corruption is discover whether from the state or federal system.
Mike Rene


Nicole Rogers   October 13th, 2010 12:09 am ET

Richard Miles is my first cousin. We grew up very close as kids. We each took turns staying at one another's houses, not mention our parents are sisters and enjoyed each others company. It was not usual for us to be together almost every weekend playing and laughing. It was an honor to learn and see what real family love is. Aside from Jesus, family is the second best thing my mother and aunt ever taught me.

Unless you have experienced a situation like this, you will never know what it is like to see your aunt, your favorite aunt, fall to her knees in a public court room, praying aloud. You will never know what its like to see your favorite aunt sad day in and day out, burden by the worries of her son. You could never imagine the seemingly endless nights of crying she had asking why. I'm certain that unless you had a cousin who saw her brother go to jail for a crime he didn't commit, you could never understand how his absence infected and affected the entire family.

I could go on and on-but what for? God has heard the crys of my aunt and my family. We are grateful. Thank you Jesus!!


hershel   October 13th, 2010 11:33 am ET

Our Justice System has been blind-folded for centuries and many have been convicted wrongfully. In cases such as rape I heard one judge say its best to be safe than sorry when it comes to conviction. What about those who have been convicted without DNA? Base on a person testimony alone a life can be destroyed. I'm glad the truth arise for these men but yet there are countless others who will never rise again. Our system has a severe problem when admitting when its wrong because corruption is its core. And for those who make it out they still have to live under an oppressive prison for life.


Tom Joyce   October 16th, 2010 8:29 pm ET

I know that DAs, police and judges take people to trial, or refuse to hear appeals for people, that they know are innocent. They are more concerned with their "solved ratio" than justice. Or they want a "big" case to make their name because they aspire to political office. It is horrendous and almost impossible to defend against. Of course this is not true of all of them but it is true of a way too many.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   November 6th, 2010 8:54 pm ET

Thank you for this book and thank you to these brave people and for their testaments. Yes, corruption is everywhere. Our hearts go out to the wrongly convicted everywhere. May they find justice in their lives, forgiveness, peace, healing and comfort. Keep the faith, stay strong and above all pray and may your prayers be answered and you get the right help you need. Never give up!

........."I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble.

When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way. In the path where I walk men have hidden a snare for me. Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.

I cry to you, O Lord; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living." Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name.

Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me."
-Psalm 142

........."Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”...........
—Matthew 25:34-46


Qiana Gray   November 10th, 2010 3:32 pm ET

I have a husband that was wrongfully convicted of child molest. He had been around this teen all her life. At trial she laughed while getting off the stand. This has killed the man that I love inside cause he just want to know why? How can you prove your innoccent when all it is nothing to prove against? They need to allow polygraph test and the need someone to change the public defenders agencies across america.
As I watched some of the commercials for people running office, all I keep hearing is how the supposely have cracked down on sex offenders. I wish they would do me a favor quit using that as a selling tacted and quit spending all that money on ads that are BS.

It is sad to see all the post on her of all these people wanting justice. For most it will never come. The legal system is a joke. If you can afford a private investigator, please get yourself one cause they can pull up alot of dirt on the judge, prosecutor, wittnesses, ect. Then you can use that information as leverage to get help for your love one.

My husband and I pray everyday that things will change and that this teenager be blessed. I hope that she will one day see that going around lieing will only hurt yourself in the long run. she listen to her mother who was upset that my husband had moved on with his life.
She told him that her daughter will do everything she tell her to do.
And if she couldn't have him no one will.

The bad part is over the course of all this she still want to talk to him. If this man molested you child why would you want to talk to him? She has a mental illness. I wish all the people the best on here.

My husband name is Michael, he was convicted of class A child molestation, May 2009, Indianapolis, Indiana

GodBless


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