Nov 24 2008
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Earlier this month, thirty retired FBI agents went public in seeking clemency for the so-called â€œNorfolk Four.â€ In 1997, Derek Tice, Joseph Dick, Daniel Williams, and Eric Wilson were convicted in the brutal rape and killing of Michelle Moore-Bosko. The four sailors were found guilty on the basis of their confessions. However, soon after the trial, the four men recanted and claimed that their admissions were coerced through the threat of the death penalty. Corroborating these claims, the retired FBI agents argue that the confessions are not consistent with evidence in the case. They cite the fact that no physical evidence at the crime scene directly incriminates the four sailors, and that what evidence was available to investigators pointed to a sole perpetrator. Those petitioning for clemency in the case of the Norfolk Four, say that Omar Ballard, who was convicted of the crime based on DNA evidence, is that sole perpetrator. Ballard wrote a letter from prison to a friend where he stated he acted alone. Citing this and other issues, an editorial in the New York Times has also joined the former agents in urging Governor Kaine of Virginia to issue the Norfolk Four a pardon. Three of the four men remain in jail on life sentences. Eric Wilson was released after serving eight years in prison, but is still seeking clemency for his rape conviction.
GUEST: Tom Wells, author of â€œThe Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions and the Norfolk Fourâ€, earlier books include The War Within: Americaâ€™s Battle Over Vietnam, and Wild Man: The Life and Times of Daniel Ellsberg
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