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In the Year 2006

ALAN CROTZER - Florida - DNA TEST FREES CONVICT AFTER 24 YEARS - January 24, 2006 -  Alan Crotzer stepped into the warm sunlight Monday and raised his arms to the sky, celebrating his freedom after more than 24 years behind bars for crimes he didn't commit. A judge freed Crotzer, 45, after DNA testing and other evidence convinced prosecutors he wasn't involved in a 1981 armed robbery and rapes that led to his 130-year prison sentence. Crotzer said he was looking forward to a barbecue with his family. Then he wanted to take a bath in a real bathtub. "I want to soak," he said. "I want to get some of this off me."

In the Year 2005

JOE WARREN - THE WRONG GUY - CANADA - April 29, 2005 -Since 1989, I'm still waiting for the Federal Minister of Justice Canada. Their decision for the 691 application (review the whole case). The Federal Minister of Justice Canada requested submission from Lawyer James Lockyer & Aidwyc this January 2005. This same request was asked in July of 2004. Still to this date there as been no submission. Joe Warren has spent 21 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Joe Warren was framed by a paid informant, by a man who was later convicted with falsifying evidence.  There was no evidence. Yet he was convicted.  Another man (Savard) is currently doing 25 years for the same murder.Joe has spent his days studying law.  He has uncovered some fundamental flaws in our justice system, such as the non-reinstatement of the habeas corpus.(Latin for “Show Me The Body”). Joe was released November 16, 2004 and is staying in a Corrections Canada house. He wants to make sure that every Canadian knows what can happen in the Canadian Justice System – a very flawed system. Here he presents the documents he has been collecting over the last two decades. It’s the proof that he is innocent, and the correspondence that shows his persistent attempt to right a wrong.

PETER ROSE - CALIFORNIA - March 18, 2005 - Activist law students use DNA, other tools to free the wrongly convicted.  Peter Rose bolted through an emergency exit to shake the reporters and camera crews, fed up with their demands to tell his story, over and over.  How did it feel, they asked, to be wrongly convicted of the lowest of crimes? Would he carry a grudge for the 10 years he'd been branded a child rapist? What would he do with the rest of his life? He "just knew it was all going to work out," Rose said into the microphones. He had no time for grudges. He would go fishing.

ALAN GELL - North Carolina - February 27, 2005 - Alan Gell sits with his mother, Jeanette Johnson, right, as his sister, Frankie Johnson, kisses her boyfriend at a Bertie High School game in February 2004. Stepfather Joel Johnson sits behind. It was Gell's first time in a crowd after his release from prison, above, where he was on death row in November 2002. For additional information see news article (North Carolina)  http://www.patrickcrusade.org/EX-INMATES_FIX_SYSTEM.html

Four men who spent years in prison for horrible crimes committed by other people were granted pardons Thursday by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a move the former inmates say will help them rebuild their lives.

In the Year 2004

MICHAEL MANNING - Pennsylvania - Free at last - June 24, 2004 - Manning was convicted in 1998 of third-degree murder for killing Harry Burley Jr., 30, of Emerald Lakes, but the conviction was reversed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

LAURENCE ADAMS - MASSACHUSETTS- May 31, 2004 - Adams, who was sentenced to die in the electric chair in 1974 for the murder of a Boston subway worker, was freed on May 20 after a judge overturned his conviction based on new evidence that cast doubt on his guilt.
Adams escaped execution because Massachusetts had abolished capital punishment soon after he was sentenced.

GORDON STEIDL - ILLINOIS - May 28, 2004 - After 17 years of being wrongly imprisoned, Gordon Steidl was freed after being exonerated by testing DNA evidence.

ANTHONY FAISON - NEW YORK - April 23, 2004 - Article by Justice Denied Magazine - Innocent Man Writes His Way Out of Prison After 62,000 Letters

JOSIAH SUTTON - TEXAS - April 13, 2004 - The state's highest criminal court should throw out the rape conviction of a man who spent 4 1/2 years in prison before new DNA tests excluded him as a suspect, a Houston judge ruled today.

EARL WASHINGTON JR. - VIRGINIA - April 10, 2004 - The criminal justice system of Virginia has long been haunted by Earl Washington Jr.,  a pliable farmhand with the I.Q. of a 10-year-old who spent 17 years in prison for a murder he did not commit before being grudgingly freed.

THOMAS LEE GOLDSTEIN RELEASED AFTER 25 YEARS BEHIND BARS - California - April 3, 2004 - His freedom came a few hours after prosecutors announced in court that they would be unable to retry Goldstein for the Nov. 3, 1979, shotgun slaying of John McGinest, who was 25. 

In the Year 2003

RICHARD MCKINLEY - FLORIDA - November 15, 2003 - DNA results to free felon.- A Homestead man convicted of rape in 1983 becomes the latest Florida inmate to be released from prison based on DNA testing.

Michael Austin - Maryland - November 1, 2003 - was released from the Maryland House of Correction.

RICHARD WALKER - CALIFORNIA - June 15, 2003 - Another innocent victim of the (in)justice system freed. Rick Walker slumped in his chair. He had just learned he was likely to spend the rest of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit.  The prosecution's star witness, a 21-year-old drug dealer whom Walker barely knew, had tearfully recounted that he was so frightened of Walker that he helped him kill Walker's former fiancée -- and could do nothing but watch her die.

PAUL KORDONOWY - MONTANA - May 2, 2003 - DNA analysis clears man found guilty of rape 13 years ago.  Kordonowy was cleared after a lab in California told the state this week that in its testing, Kordonowy was "eliminated as a co-contributor to the male DNA" taken from the victim...

KEVIN GREEN - California - May 2, 2003 - Wrongly Imprisoned Man Seeks Reforms.  It's been seven years since Kevin Green stood in a California courtroom and wept as a judge apologized for mistakes that put him behind bars for 16 years. The judge said he hoped the second half of Green's life could somehow make up for the time lost in prison before DNA tests proved he didn't kill his unborn child and bludgeon his wife nearly to death.

BURDEN OF INNOCENCE - May 1, 2003 - PBS - They served years in prison for crimes they didn't commit.  Now they struggle to resurrect their lives, the vast majority denied compensation or help from the states that wrongly imprisoned them.  See the names and photos of wrongfully convicted people.  Do you still think the criminal justice system is working?

In the Year 2002

BERNARD WEBSTER - MARYLAND- November 7, 2002 - Wrongfully held 20 years.  Webster to be freed today; imprisoned for rape DNA shows he did not commit.

Michael Manning - UPDATE 9/14/02- New Trial Granted
(a disabled, partly paralyzed man) was attacked at knife point one day when he stopped to buy gas.  One of his would-be killers, bitter over the breakup of his relationship with Michael's sister blamed him and tried to carry out his threat (made in public) to kill Michael.  Ironically HE died of a stab wound from his own knife during the struggle.  So why then is Michael Manning,the victim, serving 12 - 30 years in a Pennsylvania prison?!?   You will be outraged. - UPDATE 2/18/03 Michael Manning is home

Kathy Tadlock's Freedom and Information: UPDATE 9/13/02 Kathy has been freed.
[older info]: I spoke with my attorney this afternoon and went to read the PSI report. She recommends prison, at least 120 days, and states that because I am an activist for legalization of medical marijuana and can't see that I have committed a crime, I need prison to see my problem with substance abuse. However, earlier in the report she says my medical records indicate I have no addiction problems. So my attorney says, and PSI states reason for prison is because I am an activist!  Get on this one guys, we could use a decent sized protest over here.

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EDDIE JOE LLOYD - MICHIGAN - August 26, 2002 - Prosecutor to ask judge to exonerate man convicted of murder.  <<Too much of this is happening, and yet, our leaders continue telling the public that our judicial system works just fine..  Sherry Swiney>>

Rolando Blanco - Alabama/Florida- April 11, 2002 - UPDATE 9/5/02 - Rolando is Finally ReleasedThe purpose of this is to see if Patrick Crusade would contact the Board of Pardons and Paroles to see if they will tell you what seems to be the delay in releasing Rolando Blanco.
(Ala.'s AIS # 144344 )( Florida's # 195866 ) to INS. Blanco was granted parole on February 5, 2002 but is still in prison. click here update June 23, 2002

Larry Johnson - Missouri July 26, 2002 - DNA test clears man serving life for rape of SLU student
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Frank Lee Smith - Florida Death Row - March 14, 2002 - Freed after 14 years on death row because he did not commit the crime.  Watch the story on Frontline Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 9pm "REQUIEM FOR INNOCENCE"

ARVIN C. McGEE - OKLAHOMA - February 27, 2002 - Freed after 13 years because he didn't commit the crime.

Aaron George - Home after serving time for a crime that never existed.
  Update from Aaron Lee George  Greetings, my name is Aaron Lee George. August 18, 1992 marked a very sad day in my life, I lost my seven week old second son Alexander Daaron due to a brain aneurysm caused by complications during birth. I was soon to realize that day would be the beginning of the loss of my wife, first born son, home, and several years of my life.

Bruce Godschalk - Pennsylvania - Released February 2002 after spending 15 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Juan Melendez - FLORIDA - January 3, 2002 - A man who has spent 17 years on death row for a slaying to which another man had repeatedly confessed will go free because prosecutors say they don't have enough evidence to proceed with a court-ordered retrial.

Michael Austin - Maryland - January 3, 2002 - After 27 years locked up for the murder of a man, Michael Austin was freed last week from a Maryland prison. Home Page

In the Year 2001

Richard Alexander - Indiana Death Row - Freed from prison because he did not commit the crime.

Marvin Lamont Anderson - Virginia 12/07/01 - After 15 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Anderson is cleared of all charges.

Albert Wesley Brown - Oklahoma  To be released in October 2001 after spending 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Carlton Bleau - Rhode Island - 12/14/01 Released after spending 9-1/2 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, due to misrepresented forensic evidence.

Kirk Bloodsworth - Maryland  - Released August 29, 2001 after nearly nine years in prison, sentenced to die for a crime he didn't commit.

Jeffrey Cox - Virginia.- freed Wednesday November 14, 2001, after serving 11 years in
prison for a murder authorities now say he didn't commit.

Charles Fain - Idaho - Released August 25, 2001 as a result of DNA tests.  He spent 18 years on Idaho's death row.

Brian Woods Released November 2001 - After 3 years in prison without a trial, this child was found not guilty of attempted murder.  Brian Woods comes home in time for the 2001 Christmas holidays.
Monday, November 5, 2001, the trial for Brian Woods began. Wednesday, November 7th, 2001, the jury found Brian Woods not guilty of attempted murder and other charges. He was found guilty only of trespassing. The article is at this link: http://www.floridatoday.com/news/local/stories/2001/nov/loc110801g.htm
Also, the link to the Brian Woods official site is also different. It is www.surlnk.net

Anthony Michael Green - Ohio - Released October 9, 2001, after 13 years in prison on a wrongful conviction.

James Lewis Martin Jr. - Death Row Alabama - 12-06-01 After 16 years on death row, James will get a new trial because Prosecution withheld important evidence from his defense attorney.

Larry Mayes - Indiana- May 2001 - 100th inmate proven innocent and finally released.  On December 21, 2001 after spending 21 years in prison for a crime he steadfastly maintained he never committed, Larry Mayes was released from Indiana State Prison after DNA tests of old crime scene evidence was compared to his own genetic tests proving him innocent.

Juan Melendez - Florida Death Row - 12-31-01 After 17 years on death row, Juan Melendez may walk free.  On December 5, 2001, 18 years after Baker was murdered and 17 years after Melendez was convicted and sentenced to death, Circuit Court Judge Barbara Fleischer granted Juan Melendez a new trial. One of the most important items leading to the Judge's ruling was the unearthing of Vernon James' taped confession.

Honorio Montanez - Alabama - Released August 12, 2001 after battling the Alabama Injustice System for over 15 years, Honorio will finally see his freedom.  He was illegally sentenced on drug charges and given a 5 year mandatory prison sentence but it took him 15 long years to prove his case so that he could finally go home to his family.  The story of his struggle remains available for everyone to see because what he endured at the hands of Alabama prison officials is typical.  His is not an unusual case.  Alabama prison officials abuse their prisoners every day.  It has become a way of doing business for them.  We helped end this for Honorio Montanez and we intend to end this for many others.

Omar Saunders, Larry Ollins and Calvin Ollins -  Illinois 12/04/01 - After 14 years in prison for a crime they did not commit are expected to be released from Stateville prison, and Ollins' cousin, Calvin Ollins, will be released from Joliet prison, according to sources. All three men are serving life sentences. The fourth defendant, Marcellius Bradford, was released after serving 6 years of a 12-year term. He had pleaded guilty and testified against Larry Ollins in exchange for the reduced prison sentence.

Jeremy Sheets - Nebraska Death Row Freed from prison because he did not commit the crime.

Jeffery Todd Pierce -Oklahoma   Released May 7, 2001 Freed from prison 15 years after he was wrongly convicted of rape, based partly on testimony from a police chemist now under investigation for incorrectly identifying evidence.

Jeff Pierce was freed after DNA testing proved that a chemist for the Oklahoma City Police Department, Joyce Gilchrist, above, shown at a workshop last year, had made mistakes that led to his conviction for rape.
Michael Pardue - Alabama Released February 15, 2001

Important Featured Case

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The Case of Delayed Justice for Michael Rene Pardue
As of February 16, 2001
On February 15, after 28 years of Illegal Imprisonment, Michael Rene Pardue is Free!.  In the Escambia County Courthouse in Brewton, Alabama, Judge Joseph Brogden FINALLY released Michael with time served and five years probation.  Mike and Becky are on their long awaited Honeymoon.  We will be posting more updates and photos, when they become available.
(For More information, Click on the Picture above!)


Kerry Max Cook - Texas - Freed after 20 years on death row

Rolando Cruz Case - Illinois: - Released November 4, 1995
Rolando Cruz was tried three times for a murder he didn't commit and twice sentenced to death.  Today, he's free, and his prosecutors are facing trial for gross misconduct.