1,000 Words: The innocent man

Kwame Ajamu, formally known as Ronnie Bridgeman, is comforted by attorney Terry Gilbert, left, Tuesday, in Cleveland. Ajamu, the last of three men convicted and sentenced to death in the 1975 slaying of an Ohio businessman had his charges dismissed. Ajamu was 17 when he was convicted in the shooting death of Harry Franks outside a corner store in Cleveland. Ajamu was released from prison in January 2003 after 27 years behind bars. Tony Dejak / AP

“We were robbed,” Kwame Ajamu said today after his murder conviction was tossed out. “There will be no offspring when I die. When my brother passes away, that is it. We don’t have children. The important part is that we have been united while we are standing forward and upward and that we are not looking at each other in the graveyard.”

  • clost

    It is impossible to imagine what this man has gone through. The attorneys who helped right this travesty of justice are my heroes. There is no apology that could be enough.

  • Junebug

    One of the reasons I will never support the death penalty.

    • MrE85

      Me too.

      • John

        me three. Apart from any moral issues I may have with the “eye for an eye” idea, there are too many mistakes made. Too many innocent people being executed. (The only acceptable number is zero).

        Every time an innocent person is executed, it’s straight up murder.