The CFJS is a group of friends, family and supporters that formed in response to the wrongful conviction of Jamie Snow.
Our mission is to support Jamie’s efforts in securing a new trial for his wrongful conviction of the March 31, 1991 murder of Bill Little by publicizing the facts of the case.
Although the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, admits that statistically 8% to 12% of all state prisoners are either actually or factually innocent; the percentage is logically, substantially higher, as these figures are taken from only a small sample of rigorous studies being performed by academia on this volatile subject.
We do know from Innocence Project statistics that “Eyewitness Misidentification Testimony” was a factor in 75 percent of post-conviction DNA exoneration cases in the U.S., making it the leading cause of these wrongful convictions.” This is closely followed by: Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science (50%), False Confessions and Incriminating Statements (25%), and Snitches (19%).
Unfortunately, these are the same group of prosecutors (two of whom are now judges) that convicted Alan Beaman (People v. Beaman, 229 Ill.2d 56, 890 N.E.2d 500 (Ill. 2008) in which the Illinois Supreme Court found that Beaman’s constitutional rights were violated when prosecutors failed to disclose exculpatory evidence that a “Doe” suspect was a viable alternative suspect. Beaman was granted a new trial and was not re-prosecuted for this crime. He is currently working on obtaining a Certificate of Innocence), and the same detective that participated in the successful conviction of Eric Drew (People v. Drew, Case No. 4-08-011, Order at 17-28 – 4th Dist. Dec. 4, 2008, in which the court in that case found the state’s attorney and detective involved in the case were both “incredible” in their denials that undisclosed benefits were provided and that both had “urged” the main witness to lie about events surrounding [the] shooting.). One has to wonder: How many innocent people have been incarcerated and how long will we sit idly by while it continues?
As of October 18, Jamie Snow will have been sitting behind those concrete walls for 17 years of a life sentence for a crime that he did not commit. During these 17 years, he has seen his children grow up in photographs; his youngest son was born after he was arrested; and he has been blessed with grandchildren that he has yet to hold.
We ask you to review the documentation, and decide for yourself if you think this verdict is just, or at a minimum, if it warrants a fair trial. We would not only like to draw attention to Jamie Snow’s case, but to the many wrongful convictions rife in Illinois, as well as the rest of the country.
We hope that you approach this with an open mind. Imagine if it were you or your loved one with a life sentence, or worse, the death penalty for a crime they did not commit. And imagine if that sentence was based on what someone said they saw, but you knew you weren’t there, or your loved one wasn’t there. It could happen to anyone. Unfortunately, it happens all the time.
We appreciate your time and attention.
Committee to Free Jamie Snow (CFJS)
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