A Perfect Storm: Tyra’s Story

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July 14, 2015 by socialaction2014

Justice For Tyra

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Updated July 2015

For the past twenty years, forty-year-old Tyra Patterson has been imprisoned for crimes that new evidence indicates she did not commit. Her conviction resulted from a perfect storm of events, including her own poor – but not felonious – choices; a false confession made under intense police pressure; and appallingly ineffective representation at trial. As will be discussed below, a recent, comprehensive investigation of Tyra’s case reveals that she is very likely innocent and was wrongfully convicted. In fact, six of Tyra’s jurors have submitted affidavits stating that they would have never convicted Tyra had they known, among other things, that she called 911 to get help for the victims after the shooting, evidence that Tyra’s defense lawyers did not put before the jury.

But Tyra’s story is not only one of wrongful conviction but is also one of transformation. Despite her unjust conviction, Tyra has kept…

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