Wrongfully convicted man uses prison library to study law and have his conviction overturned

Wrongfully convicted man uses prison library to study law and have his conviction overturned

Jarrett Adams went from wrongfully convicted inmate to lawyer who helps other falsely accused people, just before he never gave up on proving his innocence.

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When Adams was only 17-years-old, he decided to go to a party at University of Wisconsin, where a student's false accusation changed his life forever.

Three weeks after the party, Adams was getting ready to start junior college in the fall of 1998, but he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a student at the varsity party.

Although he was innocent, Adams' attorney thought the best route to follow during the court procedures was the "best defense is a no-defense" strategy, NBCNews reported.

Wrongfully convicted man uses prison library to study law and have his conviction overturned

Wrongfully convicted man uses prison library to study law and have his conviction overturned. Photo credit: Jarrett Adams/Facebook

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So, he did not argue Adams' innocence despite there being a witness who could testify in his favour. The lawyers bad judgement led to Adams receiving a 28-year sentence.

Briefly.co.za learned it was Adams' cell mate who urged him not to give up, and for 10-years he used the prison library to study law and have his conviction overturned.

He caught the attention of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, an organisation who aims to free wrongfully convicted people. With their help, Adams was set free and acquitted off all charges.

He went on to obtain a degree in law and today he works for the Wisconsin Innocence Project, helping other wrongfully convicted prisoners get a second chance.

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