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Sentenced to Death by Mistake

ID Number: 25171
Maker: Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern University School of Law; Loren Santow; Salsedo Press
Technique: offset
Date Made: 2002
Place Made: United States: Illinois, Chicago
Measurements: 71 cm x 50.7 cm; 27 15/16 in x 19 15/16 in
Main Subject: Prisons & Prisoners
Materials: glossy paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Sentenced to Death by Mistake Verneal Jimerson had no criminal record -- he was a church choir singer and hard-working husband and father of three little girls -- when he was convicted and condemned to die for a crime he did not commit. It has happened 102 times -- at least Come meet the exonerated The largest gathering ever of innocent men and women exonerated and released from the nation's death rows. You are invited to meet the exonerated in person and learn first-hand about their cases. Sunday, Dec. 15 - 3 to 6 p.m. Northwestern University School of Law Thorne Auditorium 375 E. Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois Northwestern Law Center on Wrongful Convictions Northwestern University School of Law Free and open to the public, but reservations are adviseable to assure seating. Register: 312-503-2391 or www.centeronwrongfulconvictions.org National Gathering of the Death Row Exonerated Photo Courtesy of Leron Santow ® [union stamp]


Acquisition Number: 2005-096

Notes:
Verneal Jimerson (in photo) and Dennis Williams were African American men sent to death row for the murder of a young white couple in 1979. In 1996, three journalism students found the real killer, who had been identified to the police at the time of the crime. Police used perjured testimony to win convictions against Williams and Jimerson. Jimerson was photographed by Loren Santow on March 31, 1997 for a poster called "Nine Lives". At the time there were nine men on Death Row in Illinois who were later exonerated---there are now 18 or 19 such exonerations, and Santow photographed 14 of the men.


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Exhibition Annotation:
Verneal Jimerson (in photo) and Dennis Williams were African-American men sent to death row for the murder of a young white couple in 1979. In 1996, three journalism students found the real killer who had been identified to the police at the time of the crime. Police used perjured testimony to win convictions against Williams and Jimerson. Jimerson and 14 others were photographed by Loren Santow on March 31, 1997 for a poster series called "Nine Lives." At the time, there were nine men on Death Row in Illinois who were later exonerated. By 2012, there have been more than 300 DNA exonerations nationwide.



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