Innocent Man Named Honorary Bell Ringer for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Florida DNA Exoneree James Bain to Ring Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and Receive Award
Tallahassee, Florida—On Monday, January 18, 2010, James Bain will be honored by the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Non-Violence as an honorary Bell Ringer and recipient of the 2010 Drum Major Award for Criminal Justice. Recent DNA test results proved that James was actually innocent of a 1974 Florida rape. He was released from prison on December 17, 2009 after spending 35 years wrongfully incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. Attorneys from the Innocence Project of Florida and the Tenth Judicial Circuit Public Defender represented James in his quest for freedom.
“For 35 years of wrongful incarceration, Jamie exhibited the strength and perseverance that is the embodiment of the struggle for liberty which was central to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mission. It is fitting that he has been chosen to ring the Liberty Bell to honor Dr. King’s legacy,” said Seth Miller, Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Florida.
James is one of the most recent of 249 individuals proven innocent through the use of DNA testing nationwide. “Dr. King is one of my heroes. I am humbled to ring the Liberty Bell in his honor and share my story with the people of Philadelphia,” said Bain.
The bell ringing ceremony will take place at 12:00 noon on Monday, January 18, 2010 at The Liberty Bell Center, 501 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Mr. Bain will be an honored guest at a luncheon immediately following the ceremony. The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, 17th and Race Street, Philadelphia, PA. For interview requests or to schedule coverage of the event, please contact attorney Dean I. Weitzman at www.MyPhillyLawyer.com (Law Offices of Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman) or at 215-563-9660 or 215-520-7300.
For more information about James Bain’s case, please visit his case profile on the Innocence Project of Florida’s website.
The Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) is a 501©(3) organization dedicated to finding and freeing innocent people in Florida prisons. IPF, along with Robert Young, General Counsel for the Tenth Judicial Circuit Public Defender, J. Marion Moorman, represents James Bain. IPF’s website is www.FloridaInnocence.org.
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