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LA - Henry James Exonerated After 30 Yrs in Angola

Discussion in 'Past Trial Discussion Threads' started by bessie, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. bessie

    bessie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    For an innocent person, 30 years in Angola is akin to 30 years of bondage and torture at the hands of a kidnapper.

    Welcome to your life, Henry!!! This should never have happened to you.

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2011/10/exonerated_after_30_years_henr.html
     
  2. Fairy1

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    Heartbreaking. I can only pray this man finds great joy and much happiness in what's left of his life.
     
  3. kgeaux

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    So glad that he is free now. Did y'all catch that there was exonerating evidence available to his original attorneys in his original trial that would have proved he wasn't the perp? Thirty years, and this man could have been found not guilty from the get-go. Although DNA testing was not available at the time of James' conviction, existing technology had cast serious doubt that James could have been the perpetrator, but his attorney failed to present the exculpatory evidence to the jury, said Emily Maw, Innocence Project New Orleans director.

    Gotta love court appointed defense attorneys. And a big woo-hoo to the prosecutors who continued on with the prosecution even in light of those "serious doubts."
     
  4. bessie

    bessie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Yep, Kgeaux, he was doomed from the start. I don't know how you pick up your life after being wrongfully convicted and spending the most important adult years of your life -- 30 of them -- in Angola. Thank heavens he still has the ability to smile and to enjoy a good po-boy. That tells me there's hope for him. :yesss:

    Me, too, Fairy1. :prayer:
     
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    He seems an amazing man with an incredible outlook, I'm certain he will prosper.

    I did wish to hear his parents were alive... does anyone know?
     
  6. bessie

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    LCoastMom JUSTICE FOR CAYLEE MARIE - STILL WAITING

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    Hopefully at 50 years of age, Mr James will have many years to enjoy the rest of his life. I hope they are all good, he certainly earned them.
     
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    I as well wish nothing but good for Mr. James. I hope to one day hear more from his whether it be via a book, documentary et al as a follow up to how this has shaped what I hope to be the next 50 years of his life
     
  9. Fairy1

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    Oh dear. I have such a hard time getting past something like this. 30 years. He can never, ever get that back. How can he possibly be okay?

    I'm not a religious person, but I'm going to pray very hard for Mr. James. I hope he has many blessings and will find a way to move on.
     

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