By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Without a doubt, there are too many Black men in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. When Black men are locked up for a crime they didn’t commit, families become shattered and communities suffer because of something called ‘injustice,’ ‘racism,’ and ‘discrimination.’
Sadly and shamefully, many Black men are incarcerated because they were not defended properly during their trial. As you can imagine, having an inadequate legal defense makes the chances of freedom and true justice unlikely. Let’s take it a step further – once incarcerated, what are the chances that a Black man will be given the chance to prove his innocence? How long will Black men suffer at the hands of a corrupt criminal justice system?
On Thursday, Andrew Wilson, 62 got a taste of freedom. For 32 years, Wilson was locked up in Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles for a murder he claims he didn’t commit. Wait a minute – his freedom taken and his life put on hold for half his life for something he didn’t do. Doesn’t sound right at all.
According to reports, Wilson was convicted in 1984 for robbing and fatally stabbing 21-year-old Christopher Hanson.
On Wednesday, Judge Laura F. Priver said that “Wilson’s conviction was so shaky it had to be thrown out.”
Wilson walked out with his sister on one arm and his daughter on the other arm. When asked if he was bitter about being incarcerated for such a long time, Wilson said he wasn’t bitter.
Daily Mail caught up with Wilson’s daughter, Catrina Burks, 42 about the release of her father. She said, “I’m ready for him to come out of those doors, and just…this be all over with. He didn’t do it, and I know he didn’t do it, and he’s missed out on a lot because of this whole thing, he’s missed out on a lot.”
The question that needs to be asked is how was this possible? Thanks to Loyola’s Law School Project for the Innocence, Wilson got what he deserved – FREEDOM. Laurie Levenson of the Project said the prosecution was something like you would see on television. “It had everything from bad witness identification, not turning over impeachment evidence, having a theory and marching toward it, officers putting a full-court press on witnesses.”
So many inconsistencies, Wilson is now FREE.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him on www.sinclairgrey.org or Twitter @drsinclairgrey