On October 27, Anthony Graves became the 12th person exonerated after being wrongfully convicted and sent to Texas death row. Anthony is a completely innocent man who spent a total of 18 years locked up for a crime he had absolutely nothing to do with. Twelve of those years were spent on Texas death row in a tiny cell having his food shoved through a small slit in the door. The other years were spent in jail awaiting retrial and facing the prospect of again being sentenced to death. Anthony is now back in the loving embrace of his family and friends and soon he will enjoy his first Thanksgiving holiday as a free man in 18 years.
Many amazing people were responsible for working to prove that Anthony Graves was innocent and to get him out of prison. The Houston Chronicle called them “an army of believers, a group of lawyers and students who fought to prove his innocence”. Those amazing people include lawyers and students at the Texas Innocence Network, which was founded by University of Houston law professor David Dow; defense lawyers Katherine Scardino and Jimmy Phillips; University of St. Thomas journalism professor Nicole Casarez and her students; and David Mullen and Jeff Blackburn with the Innocence Project of Texas. Of course Anthony’s family and Anthony himself also fought to prove his innocence. Journalists also played a major role in bringing attention to the plight of an innocent person on Texas death row, including Pamela Coloff at Texas Monthly in her article “Innocence Lost”. We all owe those lawyers, students and journalists a debt of gratitude for preventing another innocent person from being executed in Texas.
Now that he is free, read on to see how you can help Anthony Graves now that he has been released.
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They’ve been there. By PEGGY O’HARE, October 30, 2010, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
If you are unable to afford a donation to Anthony right now, please keep him and his family in your thoughts, especially when you gather your family around the table on Thanksgiving Day.