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reader into your story step by step in the order it happened. Provide
dates, names, times, and the location of events. Be clear. Write your
story with a beginning, middle and end. Tell exactly what facts point
to your innocence, and include crucial mistakes the defense lawyers
made. Do not soft-pedal the truth: Explain what the judge or jury
relied on to convict you.
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Who was the victim, who witnessed the crime, and who was charged?
What happened to the victim. What is the alibi of the person the story is about and who can corroborate that alibi? What was the person charged with? What was the prosecution’s theory of the crime? What evidence did the prosecution rely on to convict you?
Where did the crime happen (address or neighborhood, city and state).
When did the crime happen (time of day, day and year), and when was the person charged, convicted and sentenced (month and year).
How did the wrong person become implicated as the crime’s perpetrator?
did the wrong person become implicated as the crime’s
following is a short fictional account about a fictional person that
has the elements that should be included in a story.
Mix-Up in Identities Leads to Robbery Conviction
By Jimm Parzuze
At 5p.m. on July 3, 2003, a convenience store on 673 West Belmont Street in Anytown, Anystate was robbed of $87 by a lone robber who handed the clerk a note. The robber didn’t wear a mask, brandish a weapon, or say anything. The clerk was not harmed.
My name is Jimm Parzuze and on July 17, 2003 I was arrested at my apartment on the eastside of town, about nine miles from the scene of the robbery. It was the first time I had been arrested. The police said that someone called the “crime hot-line” with the tip that I “sort of looked like the man” in a composite drawing of the robber posted in a public building. The drawing had been made by a sketch artist from the clerk’s description of the robber. I protested my innocence. But I was ignored because I told the police I had been alone in my apartment at the time of the robbery. I was certain of my whereabouts because it had been the day before the 4th of July when I went to a family picnic.
After the clerk identified me in a line-up, I was indicted for the robbery. My trial was in November 2003. The prosecution’s case relied on the clerk’s testimony that I was “the robber.” On cross-examination my lawyer asked the clerk why the drawing didn’t show an unmistakable 3” long and 1/8” wide scar that I have on my left cheek from a car accident. The clerk said the right side of the robber’s face was turned to him, so he didn’t see the left side. My lawyer, a public defender, asked the clerk that if that was the case, then how could the police drawing show details on both sides of the robbers face – including a dimple in his left cheek – but not the much more noticeable scar? The clerk responded the drawing was based on the robber’s image burned into his memory and it was the truth of what he saw.
I testified that I had never robbed any person or store, that I was at home at the time of the robbery, and that I was obviously not the man depicted in the police drawing.
In his closing argument my lawyer said that although I generally fit the physical description of the robber, so did probably 10,000 other people in the city, many of who had convictions for robbery and lived in the area of the robbery. He also argued that the clerk’s explanation didn’t make any sense of why he identified me, when unlike the robber he described to the police, I have a long, deep, and wide scar across my left cheek.
However the jury bought the prosecution’s case and I was convicted. In December 2003 I was sentenced to eight years in prison.
My lawyer had submitted a pre-trial discovery request for the store’s surveillance tape to prove I had been mistakenly identified, but the prosecutor told the judge it couldn’t be located.
I lost my direct appeal. The appeals court said there was no
substantive reason to doubt the clerk’s ID of me. A private
investigator is needed to search for possible witnesses to the
robbery who could clear me, and to try and locate the
surveillance tape. If you think you can help me, I can be written at,
Jimm Parzuze #zzzzzzz
My sister Emily is my outside contact. Email her at, Aaaa@bbbb.com
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following is what can happen when the account of an innocent person
is published in Justice: Denied:
of 2000, Justice:Denied Magazine published an
article I had
written about my son Derek’s case and a publisher
Medstar Television read that article which led to the production of
an hour long episode of Medical Detectives which airs on The Learning
Channel. That program has been seen around the world, we have
received numerous messages of concern and offers of support. An
article was written and published in the February 2003 issue of
Playboy and a book is currently in the process of being written.
All the recognition
and support would not have happened were it not for Justice:Denied
Magazine. The dedication of the staff is to be highly
Larry A. Tice, father of Derek Tice, one of the “Navy’s Forgotten Four”