This Man Served 10 Years in Prison, Now He’s A Defense Lawyer

This Man Served 10 Years in Prison, Now He’s A Defense Lawyer


– I’m the first exoneree to be exonerated by an Innocence Project, and
then go on to be a lawyer for an Innocence Project. The best thing to do with your anger is to use it as the fuel that drives you to reach goals in life. My name is Jarrett Adams,
and this is my story. At the age of 17, I was
sentenced to 28 years in a maximum security prison. I was falsely accused of a
sexual assault I didn’t commit. And I realized very quickly early on, it had nothin’ to do with
the truth, it was about race. If you can’t afford to
prove your innocence, the court affords an attorney to you. My lawyer convinced my family and I that a no-defense theory was
the best theory of defense. It was a horrible idea, and
that defense contributed to me bein’ found guilty. (clock ticking)
(daunting music) I was incarcerated in prison. So I was there for almost a decade. One day is too long when you’re innocent. I was a kid. I was absolutely terrified. My entire youth was gone. This is when boys become men. I missed out on all of that. I was, at a time, broken,
but when I continued to see that my mother and my aunts weren’t broken and they were fightin’ for my innocence, I decided that if I didn’t have the energy to fight for myself, I most certainly could find the energy to fight for them. I started to try to grasp the law. I would get law books, law journals, and read about attorneys
who were litigating cases in the State of Wisconsin. So I reached out to the Innocence Project, the organization that
advocates and litigates on behalf of the wrongfully convicted. Ultimately they accepted my case. The court unanimously decided
to overturn my conviction. I ended up enrolling
in a four-year college where I studied criminal justice. After graduating, I obtained my law degree, and I became an attorney. I had the opportunity to
exonerate another person and it was special to me,
because it was in the same state in which I was wrongfully convicted. I have now opened my own law practice. And I think that me comin’ from a place like the criminal justice
system, being wronged, carryin’ the stories and
gettin’ to know other men who have been wronged,
what better advocate could they have, but myself? I strongly feel like this
happened to me for a reason. It was necessary to encourage
the greatness outta me. (bell chimes)

100 thoughts on “This Man Served 10 Years in Prison, Now He’s A Defense Lawyer

  1. No defense is the worst defense theory any attorney can recommend. I applaud this man for working hard to prove his innocence and not giving up like many people do.

  2. I hope many people get to watch this inspiring video and, like this amazing man, channel their negative feelings to activities/causes which have a positive impact in our world. Spread love, not hate!

  3. IS any one else tired of hearing about race? It has become like skin color or ethnic origin is the great almighty defining indicator of guilt or innocence. And it is CLEARLY not. I applaud this man for his achievements… not for his skin color.
    Perhaps instead of focusing on skin color we should be focusing on his achievement……..and perhaps asking where the fuck the woman who wrongly accused him is?????

  4. As usual another great story, you gave me the inspiration to do a set of videos to my town and people showing their stories and contribution to society

  5. The devastating nature of life behind bars makes it so that this incredible man is a rare bird. Sadly, Prison will break and ruin the good and innocent beyond fixing.

  6. To: the producer and presenter of this insightful video…
    Thank you for sharing Jarret Adams' inspirational faith, hope, and love for his fellow brother/neighbor even after all the wrongful treatment Jarret had been through.

    Jarret's statement: "I ended up enrolling at a 4 year college where I studied criminal justice.  After graduating I obtained my law degree and I became an attorney.  I had the opportunity to exonerate another person and it was special to me because it was in the same state in which I was wrongfully convicted.  I've now opened my own law practice.  And I think that me coming from a place like the criminal justice system, being wronged, hearing the stories and getting to know other men who have been wronged… what better advocate could they have but myself.  I strongly feel like this happened to me for a reason… IT was NECESSARY to ENCOURAGE the GREATNESS out of ME." ~ quote by Jarret Adams."

    Joy, Liberty, Love, and Peace to all,
    Jaime

    Ps:
    http://biblehub.com/kjv/john/3.htm
    John 3:16
    "16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

  7. *is undercover ace attorney fan

    Ehe ehe opposite jailbird prosecutor without the luscious locks of darkest darkness

  8. The inner human strength and fight not to give up, helped set him free and saved another soul, beautiful.

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