Anthony Wright Shines in his Freedom after 25 Years Wrongly Convicted

08.24.16 By Alicia Maule

Anthony Wright Shines in his Freedom after 25 Years Wrongly Convicted

“Today is our day,” Anthony Wright said proudly moments after his release from Philadelphia’s Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility and just hours after a jury found him not guilty of a 1991 murder.

“I got my father standing right here, my mother standing right there, my mother up there looking down on me, my grandmother looking down on me … God is good!”

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In 1993, Wright narrowly escaped the death penalty by a 7 to 5 jury vote for fatal crimes against an elderly woman he did not commit. It’s taken 25 years, several DNA tests, a conviction reversal, retrial, and the tireless work of Innocence Project Senior Staff Attorney Nina Morrison, Co-Founder Peter Neufeld, Samuel Silver and Rebecca Lacher of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, and many others to exonerate Wright.

The jury took less that an hour to find Wright innocent after a retrial in which lawyers presented overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrating Wright’s innocence and pointing to the true assailant.

Take a look at moving photos of Wright, his family and legal team after the verdict to his release from Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility several hours later.

(A supporter of Wright has established a donation site for those wishing to make contributions.)

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Anthony Wright’s father, David Parker, hugs a family member after the verdict (Kevin Monko/Innocence Project).

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Tony Wright Jr. hugs Innocence Project Paralegal Natalie Fine following the verdict (Kevin Monko/Innocence Project).

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Senior staff attorney, Nina Morrison, addresses the media outside the courthouse alongside attorney Samuel Silver (Kevin Monko/Innocence Project).

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Anthony Wright holding his granddaughter Romera for the first time outside of prison (Kevin Monko/Innocence Project).

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Anthony Wright addresses the media (Kevin Monko/Innocence Project).

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Anthony Wright and his granddaughter Romera (Kevin Monko/Innocence Project).

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Anthony Wright smiling at his granddaughter Romera (Kevin Monko/Innocence Project). 

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Anthony Wright leaves the correctional facility parking lot with his family and legal team including Nina Morrison (Kevin Monko/Innocence Project).

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Anthony Wright enjoying the first moments with his family upon his release (Kevin Monko/Innocence Project).

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Anthony Wright (with Innocence Project Co-Director to his left) leaves the correctional facility to eat his first meal as a free person (Kevin Monko/Innocence Projecy).

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Joana Isabel October 7, 2016 at 11:46 am Reply   

I’m so pleased for him and his family…He can enjoy his life and freedom… last….

K. Stevens September 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm Reply   

This is fantastic news! May God continue to bless Mr. Wright. Praying that justice will prevail for the others who are innocent but still serving time.

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