Anthony Faison spent 14 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Over the next decade he wrote 70,000 letters trying to get help for his cause. Finally people began to listen. Faison had lived in the heart of Crown Heights Brooklyn, working construction to make ends-meet to support his 4-year-old daughter. It was a modest life, but Faison was content to pursue honest, hard work to support his family. When a cab driver was murdered outside of Faison's apartment building the only eyewitness Carolyn Van Buren falsely identified Faison and his friend, Charles Shepherd, as the murderers. It was a set up in exchange for half of a $1000 reward offered by local law enforcement.
With help from outside Faison and Shepherd were able to 'prove' their innocence and were freed in May 2001.
Faison became a security officer, a fugitive recovery officer for the State, and then worked in Homeland Security as a federal protective officer. He has national security clearance, something which he could not have had had he not been able to legally prove his innocence. His case is used in many law schools today as a case study for the "actual innocence claim".
His book "The Mighty Hand" is published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises and is available through bookstores nationwide, as well as online from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore , or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
You can read more about this man and see a video of an interview with him in Sarah Wallace's article
Posted by R.P. BenDedek