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But it’s a special kind of hell for men and women thrown behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit. Imagine serving a life sentence – or even awaiting execution – knowing that you are the lone voice among thousands who is actually telling the truth when you cry out, “I didn’t do it!”
In Stolen Years: Stories of the Wrongfully Imprisoned, nationally recognized journalist Reuven Fenton takes a candid look into the lives of ten remarkable individuals from across the country who fended off the blackest despair to keep fighting for their freedom. Once out, they faced a new struggle: getting back to living after losing so many years behind bars.
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Charlotte View is proud to present Citizen Advocate for the Wrogfully Convicted, Joan Treppa. We are joining forces with this extraordinary woman to support the mission of the Voice of Innocence and the Innocence Project of Minnesota (and nationwide). The crucial element that makes her story so miraculous and fascinating is that Joan does not have a legal background but she still took up a cause via a specific wrongful conviction case from Green Bay, Wisconsin that she learned about through reading a book.
In a span of close to six years, Joan played an integral part in initiating an eventual change in the outcome of this case by compelling a large law firm to file a 152-page motion on behalf of the lead suspect. There were six defendants originally and one of them has been exonerated but the other five are still in prison and had served twenty years.
“I’ve finally come to the realization that my mission in life must be to provide a voice of hope for those who are forgotten as well as a voice of inspiration for all others to remember.” Joan Treppa
Contact: about.me/JoanTreppa / firstname.lastname@example.org / Website: www.VoiceofInnocence.com
About Us: Executive Producer, Broadcast Manager: Claudia Pureco / Show Presenter, IT: Daniel Pureco
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Story of what happened:
On Feb. 6, 2010, active duty air force serviceman Michael Giles was invited to a Tallahassee nightclub by a few of his friends. Giles, a young father, was stationed in Tampa at the time, after spending the previous six years on tours of duty in places such as Iraq and Kuwait.
Michael accepted the invitation to hang out, thinking it would be a good time. Unfortunately, the night took a violent turn.
Two area fraternity chapters began arguing and fighting inside of the club, and the chaos soon turned into a brawl involving dozens of people that spilled into the club’s parking lot. Michael thought that, during the commotion, his friends may have all gathered at the rental car one of his buddies had used to drive everyone to the party that night. When he made it to the vehicle, but didn’t find his friends there, Michael retrieved his legally owned handgun from the glove box, and resumed his search for his friends. “I removed the handgun because the car was unlocked and [people] were walking between the cars,” Michael says. Despite the fact that he was not involved in the fight, while Michael was looking for his friends, he was attacked from behind and punched to the ground.
Fearing for his life, he fired two shots from his firearm in an attempt to defend himself. His attacker was struck in the leg, but not seriously injured.
The gunshots broke up the fight, and Michael says he went across the street from the club to get away from the people that harmed him. He was arrested shortly after the incident and charged in Florida state court. There was little dispute over the facts of the case—the prosecutor and defense attorneys agreed that Michael had been attacked. Even the testimony of Michael’s attacker supported that fact. However, prosecutors argued that he did not need to fire a gun to defend himself, and charged him with attempted murder.
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HOW CAN I HELP:
The cost to gain the freedom for Gary, David, Clinton, Demetrius, Kendrick and Dave is staggering. While the attorneys are working pro bono, the money the defense needs to prepare this case could easily reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. Please consider making a contribution and tell your friends and others interested in this case to help us, if they can by visiting www.a-justcause.com.
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Fast Horse Productions' The Martha Fast Horse Show
Special Guest: Annegret James Rouse (Greek), advocate for the wrongfully convicted at Freedom4Yankton4 and TIPI Turtle Island Project Innocence
My name is Annegret (Anna) James Rouse, married to Yankton Sioux tribal member Desmond Rouse who has been incarcerated for 20 plus years on fabricated charges. It is through him that I learned of and became involved with the genocide in South Dakotas court rooms. Since then many more cases have come to light, many more people have contacted me for help and there is a very real demand for a Native American Innocence Project to meet on a level playing field.
Featured Song: "And Justice For All" By Brulé from the album Brulé - One Nation (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe)
Artist Website: www.brulerecords.com
Producer/Host: Martha Fast Horse (Rosebud Lakota), Engineer/Talent: Justin Severson (American)
Airing Friday 8/29/14 at 1:00 a.m. CDT on Blog Talk Radio
After Late Night Show with the Spokesmen for the IRP6 The IRP6 - wroungfully convicted
Shed light to the over-criminalization and corrupt judicial process. A Just Cause was formed to help fight against abuse and misuse of power occurring today, within our United States’ judicial system.
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When the judicial system fails, we must search for strategies to assist the wrongfully convicted. Join us as we talk with Nancy Lockhart a Legal Analyst with years of experience in grassroots organizing in support of wrongful convictions.
We are talking about the issue of wrongful convictions, the statistics associated with and the things that have landed thousands of innocent people in jail. Government coverups, lack of representation... Why are our American Citizens locked up for doing nothing? Wrong place at the wrong time? Millions of tax dollars wasted on the wrongfully convicted. Executions of innocent people that we may never know of. Thank God for the Innocent Project for delving into the cold cases that the government tries to cover up.
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Sam Thurman, Cliff Stewart, and Ethel Lopez of the Colorado exoneration firm A Just Cause, discuss what happens when the wheels of justice trample unbridled over the rights of innocent Americans.
Although the American system of justice is the most-respected worldwide, it is still a system designed, and operated, by humans, which means it's not perfect. Sam, Cliff and Ethel will highlight ongoing struggles against "the system" to free wrongfully imprisoned people, and what happens when justice miscarries against an actually innocent person.
Our special guest for tonight's show is Attorney, Paul Prestia. He will share with our listenening audience the wrongful convictions story of Kalief Browder, a teenager, who spent 3 years in Riker's Island with no conviction.
A Just Cause is currently campaigning for "FreeTheIRP6," who's been wrongly imprisoned in Florence, CO for a crime they didn't commitrong. For full story: www.freetheirp6.org.
For more information, about A Just Cause and to Donate to the IRP6 legal defense fund, please visit www.a-justcause.com.
Follow us on Twitter: @AJCRadio, @A_JustCause, @FreeTheeIRP6, @FreeeTheIRP6 and
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It took 30 minutes for a jury to convict a mentally ill homeless man of rape. It took 11 years for the Criminal Justice system to conclude there was really no evidence to convict him. So after 11 years, Carl Chatman of Chicago is free, due to the diligent work of his sister Theresa Chatman. But how many of those wrongfully convicted of rape are still serving time in prison? Homelessness, mental illness, not being able to account for ones whereabouts at any given time, fitting a "profile", all of these things make men without the financial means to fight a case vulnerable for wrongful conviction. Juries focus on outrage over the crime but fail to examine whether the right person has been charged. Courts are still slow to use DNA evidence, which could exonerate a defendent. So how easy is it to be wrongfully convicted of rape?
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