What have you been doing in the last, say, 15 years? Facebook has been an outstanding website allowing us all to catch up, find out the answer to that question. It’s absolutely amazing what can happen in 15 years. Just imagine all of the changes that occurred in your life. How old were you then? Who have you dated since then? Married since then? What jobs have you held? What amazing places have you visited? How many unbelievably powerful life experiences have you had in the last 15 years?
Damon Thibodeaux has been waiting to die for the last 15 years, on Louisiana’s Death Row. He is now the 300th person exonerated by DNA evidence through — what I consider to be — the LIVING SAINTS at the Innocence Project. Just imagine how many memories he will never share, though he did nothing wrong. And, try to imagine the living hell he has been through in those same years.
300 people were convicted and later found to be completely innocent.
The most terrifying component to this story? You can’t be exonerated without overwhelming proof of innocence.
So the question must be asked: HOW MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE ARE COMPLETELY INNOCENT, BUT AREN’T LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE OVERWHELMING PROOF?
If 300 people have been exonerated since 1989, considering the fact that the Project consisted of just two men at that time — Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck — how many innocent people has our government put to death?
How many guilty men are walking free today because the innocent can’t prove their innocence?
How many innocent people have been put through the horror of a couple years in prison but their case wasn’t “serious” enough to consider their desperate pleas of innocence?
Thank you to the kind, generous, hard-working people at the Innocence Project who work tirelessly to investigate these cases and save hundreds of lives.
And, thank you to the handful of PROSECUTORS out there, when learning of the possibility of an innocent person in prison, fully cooperating with all parties to ensure a wrong continues not a minute longer than it should. Those prosecutors understand real justice: convicting the guilty and protecting the innocent from a false conviction.
Proposition 34 is on the ballet this year. Please learn about it, think about the absolute horror of being accused and convicted though you are completely innocent — what a living nightmare — and vote your conscience. And join us in thanking all the hard-working people looking to end this living nightmare for as many people as possible — from the Innocence Project to the passionate defense attorneys to the justice-minded prosecutors unafraid to part with their conscience despite all the pressures against it.
What makes America great? It’s absolute commitment to liberty, to freedom, and protection from tyranny. All Americans can agree on that.