Ten Well-Wishes from the Innocence Project Community to John Nolley

05.19.16 By Alicia Maule

The Innocence Project community across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and our website was overjoyed with John Nolley’s release from a Texas prison after 19 years for a murder he did not commit. Take a look at some of the words of encouragement they sent Nolley and his family.

Synethia W.: “Welcome home my brother, glory to God.”

Megan D.: “John, I am so happy you are home. From the bottom of my heart. Your voice is heard. Please take great care. And thank you Innocence Project, truly amazing work.”

Rachael S,: “Thank you for demonstrating with grace and great fortitude, the power of courage, strength, and resilience. My deepest gratitude to you, John Nolley, for reminding me, that through hope and perseverance all things are possible.”

“That is the most beautiful smile I think I’ve ever seen in my life.” -Marcia S.

Sharon: “Best wishes and may you live the rest of your life with your loved ones in happiness now that justice has been done. All the from London, England.”

Valerie B.: “Congratulations, and may you have a long and happy life with your family. I also hope you get some kind of restitution from the state of Texas. No-one can give you back those nineteen years, but some money may make things easier for you during the next nineteen years. You deserve it!”

Marcia S.: “That is the most beautiful smile I think I’ve ever seen in my life. Congrats! Best wishes to you and your family, John.”

Shelley J.: “My heart is so lifted by the idea of you HOME at last. Blessings and much love to you and your family.”

Doris Noel F: “Big steak, butter, sour cream, salt, pepper. Far baked stuffed shrimp. A real bed and your space is your own. Best wishes in your new freedom. Blessings to all who helped you … Sweet dreams.”

Moimendes: “I’m a criminal lawyer in Brazil, and the daily struggle against injustice is hard and, sometimes, unfair. But moments like the one of the photo are the perfect prize for waking up to fight against a system that treats human beings like numbers. Keep up the good work, I’ll be supporting you guys from here. Congrats.”

@BRKemper1: “A decade of fighting for freedom. Goes to jail while kids are young, comes out a grandpa. But that smile! God bless you John!”

*Comments were edited for clarity

John Nolley, the man behind bars for close to 19 years for the murder of a Bedford, Texas woman was released on Tuesday May 17, 2016 with help from The Innocence Project, after serious concerns were raised about his trial and conviction. (Photo by Ron Jenkins)

John Nolley hugging his mother and surrounded by his family following his release. Photo: Ron Jenkins.


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Toni Anderson May 19, 2016 at 11:12 pm Reply   

Congrats John! All of face book nation is watching your smile. Welcome home buddy!

debbie May 19, 2016 at 9:04 pm Reply   

Mr. Nolley,
I am so sorry for the inexcusable loss of so much of your life, and so happy for your freedom. I hope you live a long and healthy life filled with endless joy. And that you get some restitution for the injustice of the time you missed.
Welcome back! And thanks for the beautiful smile!