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Today I bring you some videos from the documentary series ‘One for Ten’, by British directors Will Francome and Mark Pizzey. For every 10 people executed in the US, one innocent prisoner is released from Death Row. The series profiles some of the exonerated prisoners who had previously been sentenced to death. Narrated by Jeremy Irons, Lily Tomlin and Danny Glover, the series serves to highlight the inconsistencies and failings of the US judicial system.
John Thompson – Prosecutorial Misconduct
John Thompson spent 18 years in prison, 14 of which were on death row despite being innocent. He was released after it was discovered that the prosecutors in his case had deliberately hidden evidence that would have proven that John was innocent of a robbery which they used to seek the death penalty in a murder trial. After it was discovered, he was given a retrial and the jury took just 30 mins to find him not guilty. Here he talks about prosecutorial misconduct.
Damon Thibodeaux – False Confession
Damon Thibodeaux spent 15 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. He was questioned in 1996 after the disappearance of his cousin, and after 36 hours with no sleep and a 9-hour interrogation, Damon falsely confessed to the crime. After 15 years on Louisiana’s death row, Damon was proved innocent by DNA evidence.