Amongst the true life tales told by One For Ten is that of Derrick Jamison. He spent 21 years on Ohio's Death Row, before a jury found him innocent.
At one point during that time, he was just one hour from death. A last minute reprieve saved him from the gurney.
He had been awaiting his date with the executioner for the murder of James Suggs, a bartender. There were plenty of eye-witnesses, all of whom describe someone quite different in appearance to Mr Jamison. But their testimonies were blocked by the prosecution during the original trial. Instead they relied upon the statement of a felon, who was offered a reduced sentence to point the finger at Mr Jamison.
Justice was seen to be done, right up until the time when the truth came out. By then, Mr Jamison had spent over two decades on Death Row, afraid that he would be killed there. Meanwhile, the real murderer ran free.
Then there was Ronald Kitchen, who was released after thirteen years on Death Row in Illinois. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. When he was arrested for murder, he was taken into a police cell and beaten by officers in the head and groin. He confessed to stop them hitting him.
Once he was incarcerated, his cell-mate was offered a reduced sentence to claim that Mr Kitchen had confessed to him too. Willie Williams promptly did just that, but the jury never heard about the personal benefit in his testimony.
Mr Jamison and Mr Kitchen are just two Americans, whose stories will be told in interviews conducted by One For Ten.
We can but hope. But way too many times, they aren't.
Now that we have DNA the statistics will have to be revisited and recompiled.
Catana mentioned one, but they're focusing solely on Texas.
Someone needs to start a nonprofit charity to fund DNA testing.
There's still a problem with many defendants unable to afford the full range of DNA testing. It would be lovely if it was perfect, but unfortunately money still gets in the way.
Jo, this is something I think about often. Just think of all the innocent people who have been executed over the years. Our justice system doesn't seek the truth. Defense attorneys outright lie and make up grandiose stories to sway the jury, i.e. Casey Anthony's father molesting her. Judges withhold important information from the jurors. A lot was withheld in the O.J. trial, i.e. DNA evidence. Nobody wants to convict a celebrity. Most jurors are just plain stupid! Luckily we have DNA now.
Me too, though there's a disparity between those who can afford extensive DNA testing/analysis and those who have to rely on the state to get it right. There are many people actually on Death Row, who really would like their DNA tested, but can't get the funding.
It's a horrific situation.
Dang. I keep losing my comments. Anyway, no, it was another situation when people lost control of their lives. Glad they developed DNA testing.
Was it a book about innocent people on Death Row? And yes, it is very creepy.
Very creepy - not the article, but the subject I mean. I read a book that scared me and I have nightmares about stuff like this. It's good to get it out though.