But first take a look unto this Information: It is very important for understanding “case” of poor Anthony Dansberry!:
Watch this video from the Center on Wrongful Convictions about their client Anthony Dansberry, who has been wrongfully imprisoned for 22 years. Then TAKE ACTION by asking Governor Pat Quinn to grant clemency for Anthony here: http://capwiz.com/innocenceproject/issues/alert/?alertid=63028736
Take Action Urge Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to Grant Clemency to Anthony Dansberry!
Anthony Dansberry is serving a 75-year sentence for a robbery and murder he didn’t commit. He was convicted based on extremely shaky identification evidence and a typed confession that he signed under the mistaken belief that the papers he signed would secure his release. Because there is no physical evidence for DNA testing, Anthony’s best hope of being released is clemency from Governor Quinn.
Anthony was just 27 at the time of his arrest and had no prior criminal record or history of violence. Four eyewitnesses viewed a lineup that included Anthony, and only one witness – who had previously seen Anthony’s photo in a photo array – picked him out. Another witness said that Anthony was definitively NOT the perpetrator.
Anthony has a low IQ and the reading comprehension of a first grader. The so-called confession uses words like “viaduct” and “southbound,” which are not words in his vocabulary. Anthony has always maintained that he was told that the papers he signed were for his release. His aunt has corroborated his account saying that he told her when he was eventually given an opportunity to call her after his arrest that he had signed “release papers.” The Center on Wrongful Convictions, which is representing Anthony, has produced a short video about his case here.
Please urge Governor Quinn to exercise his clemency power and release Anthony.
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Hon. Pat Quinn, Governor
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I urge you to grant clemency to Anthony Dansberry who has already served 22 years for a murder for which he was wrongly convicted.
There were four eyewitness to the snatching of 77-year-old Edna Abel’s purse who fell during the crime and died from complications four months later. Yet only one of those witnesses was able to identify Anthony from a lineup. One of the other witnesses said that Anthony was definitely not the perpetrator and another selected another male from the lineup. The witness who identified Anthony from the lineup was making a cross racial identification, which are known to be particularly unreliable. That witness was shown a photo of Anthony the day before in a photo array, which could have tainted her memory. Additionally, his palmprint did not match a palmprint found on the hood of the car that the attacker touched while fleeing the scene.
The only other evidence against Anthony was a so-called “confession.” Anthony has a low IQ and the reading comprehension of a first grader. The paper that he signed uses words like “viaduct” and “southbound,” which are not words in his vocabulary. Anthony has always maintained that he was told that the papers he signed were for his release. His aunt has corroborated this, saying that he told her when he was finally permitted to make a call that he had signed “release papers.”
Misidentifications and false confessions are two of the leading contributors to wrongful conviction. In this case, both are particularly suspect. Anthony was 27 years old and had no prior criminal record or history of violence before he was arrested.
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