October 10, 2010
Posted: 12:00 PM ET
your innocent brother from prison?
Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell on
the incredible real-life drama
that inspired the movie ‘Conviction’.
The all-star cast sits down with Larry!
Do YOU know anyone who has served time in jail?
October 8, 2010
Posted: 10:44 AM ET
October 7, 2010
Posted: 07:00 PM ET
Roman Polanski Accuser!
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Do you think the California DA
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.
Posted: 11:00 AM ET
September 29, 2010
Posted: 04:50 PM ET
The family of Yeardley Love has created a new charity in her honor.
The One Love Foundation seeks to “encourage and develop in children and young adults four qualities of character that Yeardley exemplified,” according to Love’s mother, Sharon.
She said those qualities include service, kindness, humility and sportsmanship.
Love , a University of Virginia lacrosse player, was found beaten to death in her apartment in May. Her former boyfriend has been charged with first-degree murder.
Love’s aunt, Debbie McChesney, wrote to us at Larry King Live blog about the foundation and about Yeardley and had this to say:
Today, the One Love Foundation: In Honor of Yeardley Reynolds Love announced the launch of its website www.joinonelove.org.
The goal of the Foundation is to honor Yeardley by supporting the causes where, if given the chance, she surely would have made a difference. Many people have written about Yeardley in the past couple of months. The words we read repeatedly described Yeardley as kindhearted, generous, funny; the nicest, sweetest, happiest girl you ever met. “You are an inspiration and touched so many lives,” is the sentiment shared by so many in their notes and comments.
The same characteristics that inspired these wonderful words also inspired us to develop the One Love Foundation. Ultimately the goal is to “bring out the Yeardley in everyone”.
Yeardley’s mom, Sharon, found the following quote from Marcel Proust and felt that it reflected Yeardley’s spirit and the way she will be remembered by all who knew her:
"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
For more information about the foundation, visit: www.joinonelove.org
Filed under: Justice
September 7, 2010
Posted: 07:00 PM ET
The case of the “West Memphis 3” – three young men convicted of brutally murdering three little boys in 1993.
But now, 16 years later, celebrities are speaking out, saying they deserve a new trial.
Tonight, Larry speaks to Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines about why they say there’s new evidence that needs to be examined.
Find out what happened, why some say there needs to be a new trial and why others say justice has already been served.
And we want to hear from you:
Do you think the “West Memphis 3” should get new trials?
Sound off below!
August 19, 2010
Posted: 06:01 PM ET
By Ed Smart
Editor's note: Ed Smart's daughter, Elizabeth, was abducted in 2002 and rescued after 9 months of captivity. He passionately speaks out about child abductions and safety of children.
In the time since our family’s tragedy, I’ve talked with many parents across the country. I‘m always amazed to discover so many individuals and communities who are uneducated about the issues surrounding child safety. I am also amazed at how many are unwilling to acknowledge what is happening in our society. It is my belief that this apathy has its roots in denial and that it needs to stop.
Filed under: Justice
July 31, 2010
Posted: 06:00 PM ET
Can prison inmates be reformed?
No matter how horrible the crime?
Ex-convicts Judge Mathis & reality
TV star “Dog” the Bounty Hunter
reveal how the system helped them!
They join the debate over prison reform.
And join the discussion – weigh in below!
July 23, 2010
Posted: 11:41 AM ET
Tune in TONIGHT at 9pmet/6pmpt for a special "Larry King Live" – we've got Dog the Bounty Hunter, Judge Greg Mathis and other discussing whether prison inmates can be reformed. Do you think they can? Let us know in the comments!
TV personality Judge Greg Mathis is launching a Prisoner Initiative entitled PEER standing for Prisoner Empowerment Education and Respect. Through the initiative Judge Mathis will visit jails and prisons throughout the country to encourage inmates to change their lives. Motivated by his own experience as a troubled youth who overcame the challenges of being incarcerated, Judge Mathis will share his personal experiences and offer advice and encouragement to inmates.
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