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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse The Exonerated for showing that
the American Justice System is seriously flawed. The Adversarial
Justice System does not bring out the truth, it only insures if
you can't afford a good lawyer you are going to be guilty.
And you could end up dead!

The Exonerated
Guilty… until proven innocent

The Exonerated (2006) - 95 minutes
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Six riveting stories about innocence, injustice and redemption.

Sixteen years. Imagine everything you could do with sixteen years. Imagine everything you did the last sixteen years. Now take it all away.

Sunny Jacobs was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime she did not commit. Sixteen years was just the beginning of what was taken from Sunny Jacobs.

Twenty-nine Academy Award nominations, eighty-seven Golden Globe nominations, one hundred and twelve EMMY nominations… such is the incredible array of actors who have lent their considerable talents and passion to "The Exonerated". As a play, awarded the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards, it was acclaimed in major cities across America.

Now as a film, the undeniable power of the true stories of six exonerated survivors of death row will engage your emotion, incite your passion, and envelop you in their search for the lost small pieces of dignity and the lives so unceremoniously interrupted. True stories in their own words. Stories you will never forget.

6-11-17 Kansas City prisoner 'blessed' to be free after lookalike found
Kansas City prisoner 'blessed' to be free after lookalike found
A US prisoner who spent 17 years in jail for a robbery he did not commit has spoken of his relief that researchers found his lookalike. Richard Anthony Jones from Kansas was released from jail after witnesses said they could not tell the two men apart. A judge ruled there was no evidence to keep him in jail. Mr Jones said finding a photo of the other man - who as well as looking like him, shares the same first name - was a "needle in a haystack moment". 'I don't believe in luck, I believe I was blessed,' Mr Jones told the Kansas City Star. So far no criminal case has been filed against his double - known only as Ricky - who gave evidence at Mr Jones's robbery retrial and denied committing the crime. While not saying Ricky was responsible, the judge found that based on the new evidence, no reasonable juror would have convicted Mr Jones.

2-12-16 Why Harris County, Texas, leads the US in exonerations
Why Harris County, Texas, leads the US in exonerations
In 2015, there were a record number of exonerations in the US and for the second year in a row, a huge number of those came from Harris County, Texas. A 19-year-old man is arrested for illegal possession of Xanax pills that turn out to be an insomnia medication. A cigar butt is confiscated from a teenager suspected of packing it with marijuana - but he didn't. A 25-year-old man is busted with 250 ecstasy pills that in reality are just over-the-counter antihistamines. These may sound like small offenses, but they are just three of the stories of the 73 individuals who were convicted for drug possession in Harris County, Texas, and later found to be innocent. This past year, there were a record-breaking number of exonerations, or criminal convictions reversed based on evidence of innocence, across the US. According to the 2015 report from the National Registry of Exonerations at the University of Michigan Law School, 149 people were exonerated in 29 states after serving an average sentence of 14.5 years in prison.

2-8-16 Sleep deprivation linked to false confession in milestone study
Sleep deprivation linked to false confession in milestone study
The first study to show lack of sleep can lead to false confessions could be used in court to prevent miscarriages of justice, predict legal experts. Although hard to fathom, false confessions happen surprisingly often; they are thought to play a role in up to a quarter of wrongful convictions in the US, according to the campaign group the Innocence Project. In many cases, as in Thibodeaux’s, the suspect was profoundly sleep deprived during their police interviews. Now a study has shed more light on how easily severe exhaustion can lead to this type of false confession. Legal experts are predicting it will be cited in future court cases. “It’s a milestone,” says Lawrence Sherman, head of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge.


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The Exonerated
Guilty… until proven innocent

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse The Exonerated for showing that
the American Justice System is seriously flawed. The Adversarial
Justice System does not bring out the truth, it only insures if
you can't afford a good lawyer you are going to be guilty.
And you could end up dead!