In 2011, I watched an episode of the TV show, Dateline, which airs here on Friday night. It is usually about murder cases and the trial which come afterwards. This case was about a young man who was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a murder and his name is Ryan Ferguson.
The first show that I saw spelled out the details of the case and showed the trial that came afterwards, but there were certain things that just did not ring true. I felt so strongly about it that I wanted to write a letter to this young man and tell him so. During the trial, he always maintained his innocence and nothing the cops could do would shake him from this. I wanted to let him know that I believed him.
Then, just this past November, there was another episode of Dateline and now the witnesses who identified him as the killer have come forward and both have said they lied. The law is very difficult to understand sometimes. Ryan Ferguson is still in prison even with this new evidence. This is just something that I feel very strongly about and I wanted to share this with you. The story about this is stated very simply by his Dad and he asks for people to sign a petition and I notice that you may do so even if you are from another country. I don't know that I have ever signed a petition in my life. I signed this one.
I have spent a lot of time reading and researching this, so this is not just based on seeing two TV shows.
And yet, I still come back to my very first gut-feeling about this young man: he is innocent. Hey, I am not a lawyer or an expert on anything. I just sometimes see things that I think are unfair and wish they could be corrected.
Did you read my post about Richard Jewell? As in the case of Richard Jewell, there are times that mistakes can be made and I truly believe that this is one of those times. (Richard Jewell was completely cleared although the stigma was too great to bear and I think this contributed to his early death.)
I hope that Ryan Ferguson will be released from jail one day. When I wrote my Stone Mountain post a few days ago, and wished you "love and freedom", I was also thinking of this young man and wishing the same for him. I have two links here for you to read:
New appeal filed on behalf of Ryan Ferguson and the link is here...
The song by Glen Campbell is one that I have been humming all week long... HOLD ON HOPE.