News 04.16.13

Dallas County Exonerees Unite to Help Free Other Innocent Prisoners

After serving a combined 63 years behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit, three Texas exonerees continue the fight against injustice, this time helping others they believe were wrongfully convicted.

 


Christopher Scott

,

Johnnie Lindsey

and

Billy Smith

are assisting the recently released and investigating claims of innocence through their new detective agency. The three intend to look into the most difficult cases, those for which DNA isn’t available. NPR reports on their first case, Jimmy O’Steen. O’Steen, who served time with Scott, was convicted of armed robbery in 1997 and sentenced to 75 years in prison based almost exclusively on eyewitness misidentification, though he claims he didn’t match the description of the perpetrator. The group convinced Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins to take another look at O’Steen’s case.

 

Scott, Lindsey and Smith’s wrongful convictions were also based on eyewitness misidentification, the single greatest cause of wrongful convictions nationwide, playing a role in nearly 75% of convictions overturned through DNA testing. Scott, who leads the group, says:


“The struggle I went through to get out [of prison], I said, well, I gotta do something to try to make it better for the other individual[s] who are in prison right now.”

“Freedom Fighters,” a documentary about the group is in production. Watch the trailer

here

. Read the

full article

.

Leave a reply

Thank you for visiting us. You can learn more about how we consider cases here. Please avoid sharing any personal information in the comments below and join us in making this a hate-speech free and safe space for everyone.

Thanks for your comment

Featured news

Press "Enter" or click on the arrow to show results.

Search