Every year thousands of American citizens all over the nation are incarcerated in prisons due to wrongful convictions. I, James Hall of Iowa, a loving husband and father has been the victim of this type of terrible injustice now not once but twice in my life.
In September of 1973 a Johnson County Grand Jury in the State of Iowa was convened on September 19th, I, James Hall was indicted in the death of Sarah Ottens. I was tried in May of 1974. The jury returned a verdict of second degree murder. On July 3, 1974 I was sentenced to a prison term of 50 years.
In 1983, after almost 10 years of brutal incarceration and a long series of vicious legal battles, I, James Hall was finally vindicated of the crime I had been wrongfully convicted of. It was discovered there was no physical evidence found linking me, James Hall to that murder.
I returned home to begin a new life. I got married and started a family. I am the father of two children. I went back to school, studied as an apprentice electrician and worked odd jobs. I spent my days working and taking care of my family.
In June of 1993 I would once again have to face the nightmare of becoming wrongfully convicted. On the evening of March 19, 1992 at approximately 12:00 AM police claim an intruder entered the home of Susan Hajek and strangled her to death. It was rumored to the police by a 'friend' of mine that I may have been the assailant thus I was taken into custody.
During a brief trial numerous elements of corruption inside the Cedar Rapids Police Department as well as the courtroom were brought to light. The first element of injustice was when again, NO physical evidence could be found that could link me, James Hall to any crime. 21st Century forensics have developed techniques far superior to their predecessors. Since the physical (bedding) evidence found at the crime scene was never tested, I need funds in order to retain a private practice attorney to become vindicated once again. The evidence needs to be tested which will once again exonerate me, James Hall of a crime I did not commit.
The second element of corruption was when it was learned by the Court that a juror had recognized me, James Hall, from the past conviction but then was allowed to remain on the jury. The third element of corruption was when the Cedar Rapids Police Department altered and covered up a witness statement given by Susan's brother Matthew where he stated he saw Susan alive and well at 1:00AM on the morning of March 20, 1992.
I have been fighting for my life and freedom ever since but the "legal system is a dark and confusing place full of corruption and bias".
Attorney Bryan Stevenson and founder of Equal Justice Initiative has also been fighting back against this terrible corrupt legal justice system. He has helped countless numbers of children and wrongfully convicted adult people back to freedom. I, James Hall recently contacted Stevenson asking if this attorney will help me but Stevenson had to decline due to lack of funds resources.
Percent of wrongfully convicted in IA
Our Iowa State Governor Terry Branstad 10-27-2015 admitted in an article in the Des Moines Register commented that a conservative estimate is between 2% and 5 % of inmates in the United States with some estimates reaching as high as 7% have been wrongfully convicted are now wrongfully incarcerated.
Let us examine the Anamosa IA men's prison situation. According to recent inmate statistics 2017 at Anamosa there are slightly over 900 resident inmates. This of course is a male only prison.
Let us do the math. For the sake of math convenience let us say there are 1,000 men incarcerated in the Anamosa IA men's prison, and if we look at IA Governor Terry Brandstad's estimates of per say 5% – 7% of all resident inmates in Anamosa prison may have been wrongfully convicted and are wrongfully incarcerated these figures are NOT a needle in a haystack. If the figures hovered around 0.2 or 0.5 or 0.7 percent this would still be a not fair conviction situation. But if IA Governor Branstad's estimates of wrongfully convicted and wrongfully incarcerated are correct then we have in all Iowa state penitentiaries, men's and women's prisons an extreme unfair situation.
Here is the math for Anamosa IA prison only:
1,000 X 5% = 50
So, within the IA men's Anamosa prison out of 1,000 men 50 of those men have been wrongfully convicted and wrongfully incarcerated for whatever the 'crime' was. This is NOT an needle in a haystack situation and yet Governor Branstad and the Iowa DOC are not interested in interviewing resident inmates or sorting out those that may be eligible for a 'new trial'.
No, these men and women have no voice.
It is welcomed from all of you seeing my Crowd Funding site to help me once again get myself exhonerated of a murder crime I did not commit such that I, from the outside can make a difference for other Iowa inmates wrongfully convicted and wrongfully incarcerated.
Your donations toward legal fees for me, James Hall, will get Attorney Stevenson the financial resources needed to help me back to my freedom and return me to my children. Help contribute funds so we may fight back against the corrupt, biased and economically unfair legal system.
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We, my children and I thank you with all of our hearts.
and Bookkeeper Sally Webster