Justice for Charles Wakefield

Charles Wakefield – Freed After 35 Years

Charles Wakefield is a man who had the misfortune of being implicated in a murder nine months after the murder was committed.  The implication had to do with eyewitness testimony that was motivated by clemency for another prisoner.  Modern findings show that eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable.  Nevertheless, this shaky testimony was enough to get Mr. Wakefield convicted for murder and sentenced to death.  He spent two years on death row, at which point he was given the option to have his sentence converted to life without parole.  Charles was an exemplary prisoner and there were many reasons to give him parole.  However, these reasons were not deemed to be enough and he remained in jail for an additional thirty-three years. Finally, he was granted parole.

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