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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:29 PM

The Innocence Profject frees a man after 7 years in prison. his Mom cries



Innocent man ordered released after 7 years

In an emotional courtroom scene, a 51-year-old man who was wrongly convicted of a 2006 shooting in Oakland was ordered released by a judge Friday morning after spending nearly seven years behind bars.

Ronald Ross was vindicated after a four-year effort by a team of volunteer lawyers who argued he was the victim of poor police work and lies by a series of witnesses.

When Judge Jon Rolefson ordered Ross released just after 10 a.m., the exonerated man broke down in an Oakland courtroom, dropping his head and sobbing for about 10 minutes.

"Congratulations, Mr. Ross," Rolefson said. He said the justice system had failed him for a while, but that "the important thing is that in the final process, justice is achieved."

Before the hearing ended, the judge allowed Ross' mother, 77-year-old Thelma Ross, to give him a hug. She walked slowly with a cane to the defense table and then began to weep as the two embraced.

"Oh Lord," she cried, over and over. "Thank you, Jesus."

Outside the Alameda County Superior Court building, Thelma Ross said she felt "like I was in the Garden of Eden. God brought me through. It felt good."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Innocent-man-ordered-released-after-7-years-4300390.php#ixzz2Lg4BBROW

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Liberal_in_LA Feb 2013 OP
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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:39 PM

1. Over 300 exonerated by Innocence Project

This is, in my opinion, the strongest argument against capital punishment.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:41 PM

2. The Innocence Project does good work.

I used to know someone whose friend had been falsely accused and who got his freedom back due to the work of the Innocence Project.

I am glad to see these advocates working for the falsely accused!

K&R

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:44 PM

3. Project is spreading, chapters in different states, staffed by law students.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:45 PM

4. Wow, that is great! I am glad to hear it!

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