Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Dennis Fritz To Co-Host Radio Show Truth in Justice

Truth in Justice is nonprofit organization formed to educate the public about the frequency of wrongful conviction, the factors that contribute to it, and how to recognize miscarriages of justice in the making and protect themselves and their families. Truth in Justice's website at http://truthinjustice.org/ is a key part of this effort, with over 1,500 web pages of information and resources about wrongful conviction. Members of Truth in Justice's Board of Directors include Ira Robins, Martin Yant, Dennis Fritz, Doug Berry and Sheila Berry.

Truth in Justice Radio is another important part of the organization's educational outreach. Every Sunday evening from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Central Time, Ira Robins and Sheila Berry discuss issues that play significant roles in making, reversing and avoiding wrongful conviction. From time to time, other directors of the organization co-host with Mr. Robins. Truth in Justice Radio is broadcast on WTKM Radio from Hartford, Wisconsin, 104.9 FM, 1540 AM, and streaming live on the internet at HERE

The August 5, 2007 broadcast will be co-hosted by Mr. Robins and board member Dennis Fritz. They will discuss, among other things, the factors that led to the conviction of Mr. Fritz and his friend, Ron Williamson, for a rape and murder in which they had absolutely no involvement. They will also talk about the 12 years Mr. Fritz, an innocent man, spent in prison, how Mr. Williamson, an innocent man, came within 5 days of execution, how they were exonerated and the real killer was identified, and how to keep HOPE alive for the thousands of other innocent people imprisoned around the country for crimes they did not commit.
For readers who do not know who Dennis Fritz is, here is the beginning of his story:

Dennis Fritz started his "Journey Toward Justice" July 2005.
July is when he started writing his book "Journey Toward Justice" in which he details his arrest and subsequent imprisonment until his release April 15, 1999.

Dennis Fritz was Ron Williamson's friend and co-defendant in the Debra Sue Carter murder case. John Grisham wrote about the case in his book,The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town. Grisham writes about Ron Williamson and his role in the case. He does an excellent job and is a Great Book.
Dennis Fritz was close to Ron Williamson, and I am sure Dennis has his own stories about their life and times together.
"John Grisham announced in 2005, he was going to write a book I decided then that if he could do it so could I", said Dennis Fritz. "I am now on a Mission, and that is to bring about public awareness of false convictions." Dennis said, "It was a 12-year nightmare I suffered with my family for not doing anything and being completely innocent. That's a large part of the book, the obstacles and hurdles we had to go through.The harm that it did to me was that it took 12 years out of my life and away from my family members.I think the strongest part of my book is the total anguish and misery that I go through from being totally excluded from family, including my daughter," Fritz said. "I would not let her come and visit me because of the activities that were going on in the visiting rooms. I could not bear for Elizabeth to see what went on in that prison, so I restricted her from visiting me. It was not the kind of thing that any 11-year-old girl should see, and it tore my heart out by not being able to see her."
Fritz said. "I was subjected to indignities that no person should have to suffer, let alone a person who was innocent of the crime.""Just the fact that I was a suspect in a murder got me fired from my job," Fritz told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Five years after the murder Fritz was arrested, there was a delay by state exhumation of Debra Sue Carter after an incorrect analysis of finger prints at the scene was noted. Also, an inmate that Fritz was paired with eventually came forward and stated that Fritz had confessed to the murder.
This jailhouse snitch gave a two hour taped interview revealing what Fritz had allegedly confessed to him. This confession came one day before the prosecution would have been forced to drop the charges against Fritz. According to Fritz, when they went to trial, an overzealous District Attorney, Bill Peterson, had a case built on flawed hair evidence and jailhouse snitches who received reduced sentences for their testimony.

The detectives then told me they knew I had not committed the crime, but they believed I knew who did it. From the very beginning, I always told them I was innocent, but it made no difference."

"My family, my mother my aunt and daughter stuck behind me the whole way," Fritz said. "Through our faith and their belief in my innocence, that is what busted those prison gates wide open. If it was left up to man himself, I would still be in their today."

"Our love prevailed over the mighty forces of the evil prosecutions that went on then," Fritz said. "Love itself is the most powerful thing. No matter what circumstances love always prevails. It just took 12 years for it to happen. We would not let go that the good Lord would set me free one day."

Dennis Fritz now works with the Innocence Project in Kansas City, Missouri
On the Board of Directors of Truth in Justice's and is a co-host for Truth in Justice Radio, broadcasted on WTKM Radio from Hartford, Wisconsin, 104.9 FM, 1540 AM, He makes appearances related to "the innocence movement" nationwide. He is using a book he recently published, "Journey Toward Justice", as a vehicle to bring awareness of the overall, devastating effects of how false convictions can destroy people's lives and how mistakes can be made in cases. He travels the United States speaking to law schools and also hopes to reach prosecutors and judges. You can find his book here

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