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Innocent man imprisoned for 27 years is free to sing national anthem at Tampa Bay Rays game
Fox News ^ | 7/18/12 | Joshua Rhett Miller

Posted on 07/18/2012 1:34:52 PM PDT by Ron C.

While serving 27 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, William Dillon never thought he'd hear the crack of a bat again, much less sing the national anthem at a big league ballpark. Yet that's exactly what the con-turned-crooner will do Wednesday night in Tampa, Fla.

Dillon, who was freed in 2008 after being wrongfully imprisoned for a brutal 1981 murder in Florida's Brevard County, will belt out the Star Spangled Banner at Tropicana Field before the Rays take on the Cleveland Indians tonight. For the budding country singer, who plays with a band made up of exonerated former prisoners, it promises to be a high note in a saga with plenty of lows.

“To come from where I came from, without hope, to tonight, to be singing the national anthem … it’s just indescribable,” Dillon, 52, told FoxNews.com. “It’s a miracle in its own right. I just hope it’s not so emotional for me that I can’t sing the song.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; freedom; justice
I'm glad that he was given over a million dollars in compensation - but, I think it should have been over 5.
1 posted on 07/18/2012 1:34:59 PM PDT by Ron C.
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And most of that 5 million taken from law enforcement and prison funding - just to keep them more ‘on their toes’ so to speak.


2 posted on 07/18/2012 1:36:42 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

Strting the Name That Band contest!

? Free At Last ?
? Dinnitdooit ?


3 posted on 07/18/2012 1:37:07 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Ron C.

It would be an absolute living nightmare to be sent away for life for a crime you never did.


4 posted on 07/18/2012 1:38:50 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: trailhkr1
"absolute living nightmare"

What is so frustrating is that no one in law enforcement would listen to the man.

It is for that reason that I think those involved with putting him in prison should be the ones that should pay and pay big for restitution.

5 posted on 07/18/2012 1:41:35 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

One previous similar threads I’ve noticed a segment of FReepers with a pathological hatred of the “Innocence Project” (probably because they hate the perceived implications for the death penalty of cases like this) - but the case was an utter trainwreck:

http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/William_Dillon.php


6 posted on 07/18/2012 1:47:03 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Ron C.

There are a lot of ‘hells’ on Earth. One of them is being innocent in Prison.


7 posted on 07/18/2012 1:47:03 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: Strategerist

You are right about that... yet, if THEY found themselves in prison for life, and innocent of the crime they were charged with - you can bet they would turn there for help!


8 posted on 07/18/2012 2:25:31 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

Great story!

Taking millions from prison funding would only serve to worsen the conditions in prison. It would do nothing to help this man or to punish those responsible for putting him behind bars.


9 posted on 07/18/2012 2:28:47 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Ron C.
Innocent man imprisoned for 27 years is free to sing national anthem at Tampa Bay Rays game

Unfortunately, only about 200 people will be there to hear it.

10 posted on 07/18/2012 2:29:41 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Strategerist

Thanks for the link. There’s no reason this man should have gone to trial initially, unless you give bonus points for the fact the lead investigator had sex with the guy’s girlfriend during the investigation.


11 posted on 07/18/2012 2:32:11 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Ron C.

Thank goodness Capital Punishment did not apply in this case.


12 posted on 07/18/2012 3:45:52 PM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: Strategerist
NOBODY wants to see a horrible miscarriage of justice as appears to have happened here. My question is how does the Innocence Project decide to go forward with cases? I mean EVERYONE in jail claims "innocence".

I'd be curious about IP's case files where they found out that the perp was definitely guilty. I bet there's a lot.

13 posted on 07/18/2012 6:45:07 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: Ron C.

Especially Dillon’s girlfriend! Sleeping with the lead investigator. Good grief. They should both have to pay big time restitution.


14 posted on 07/18/2012 6:59:20 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: Ron C.

Law enforcement didn’t know how to store DNA back in the ‘80’s to preserve it for 30 years. Even if this was the accused’s own blood cells, they would have deteriorated so much that they would yield a negative result now.

We have to store DNA at -70 degrees C (in liquid nitrogen) just to keep it for a decade or two.

They haven’t proven this man’s innocence.


15 posted on 07/18/2012 7:01:07 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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