Detroit exoneree gets a warm reception in Ireland


Walter Swift, spent 26 years in Michigan prison for a rape he didn’t commit before he was exonerated and released in May. This week, he is walking Ireland’s red carpet, meeting with elected officials, legal leaders and appearing in newspapers and TV. He is the guest of Niamh Gunn, an attorney and businesswoman who was instrumental in securing Swift’s release. She worked on Swift’s case during a three-month internship at the Innocence Project in 2003, and never let up.

Read more about Swift’s case – and Gunn’s role in his exoneration – here


And Swift told an audience in Ireland on Friday that he doesn’t harbor any ill feelings after his 26-year struggle.

"My incarceration of 26 years was my personal adversity. To harbour any ill feelings toward anyone because of it would not only cheapen me as an individual, but it would put a remarkable blemish upon the excellent work and the struggle of these people who laboured so hard on my behalf."

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. (The Irish Independent, 07/12/08)

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