Innocent people imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit. Katie investigates stories of innocent people who were convicted and imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit and uncovers how they were finally able to win back their freedom. And, “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn, who passionately advocates for the wrongfully convicted.
Did you know that since 1989 more than 300 people have been exonerated based on DNA evidence that proved their innocence? They have collectively served more than 4,000 years behind bars before the truth set them free. Marvin Anderson from Hanover, Virginia, was convicted of rape at age 18 and faced the very real possibility that he would die in prison an innocent man.
“I wouldn’t want to wish prison on my worst enemy.” –Marvin Anderson
— Heds (@HedwigWiersma) June 12, 2013
Marvin Anderson was wrongfully convicted of a brutal rape that he did not commit and was sentenced to 210 years in prison. From the moment he was convicted, his mother Joan began a crusade to prove his innocence and clear his name.
“It was a nightmare.” –Joan Anderson
— Amber (@AmberPowell84) June 12, 2013
After 15 years, Marvin was released on parole. But it wasn’t until he connected with the Innocence Project and senior staff attorney Vanessa Potkin that he was finally able to prove his innocence and win back his freedom.
“If I was angry, there would be no way possible that I could move forward.” –Marvin Anderson
— Megan (@jammin1121) June 12, 2013
Cases involving the wrongfully accused have become a passion for Tony Goldwyn. When he’s not starring as President Grant on ABC’s Scandal, he is acting as an outspoken advocate for the rights of the wrongly convicted.
“As one person you can do an insane amount.” –Tony Goldwyn
Happy to see Tony Goldwyn on @katieshow talking about Conviction! Great movie, great topic!
— megan jones(@megtopper10) June 12, 2013
Imagine spending 19 years of your life in prison for murder, set-up for a crime you didn’t commit. That’s exactly what happened to Barry Gibbs from New York City.
“I’m here by a miracle, I was going to die in prison.” –Barry Gibbs
— jen magnolia (@nameisnotsusan) June 12, 2013
After being released from prison, Barry Gibbs became a millionaire, receiving $9.9 million in a settlement from New York City, the largest settlement of its kind.
“I live a good life.” –Barry Gibbs
Geesh watching a guy on @katiecouric who was wrongly convicted & is now a millionaire and engaged! Talk abt turning it around!
— AnnScottArtist (@AnnScottArtist) June 12, 2013
We also wanted to give you an update on another person who was wrongly convicted of a crime. Michael Morton was exonerated in 2011 after spending nearly 25 years in prison.
— Cara Kazanowski (@carakazanowski) June 12, 2013