Freedom March

Freedom March

Marching for Awareness for Wrongful Convictions

Marching in Pennsylvania

 

Pennsylvania freedom march 

 

(Click on the flyer for the PDF)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 17 2014

 

For Further Information or Press availability contact:

MaryAnn Lubas

(412) 251-3008

mlubas2@yahoo.com

 

 

 SIXTH ANNUAL FREEDOM MARCH FOR THE WRONGFULLY CONVICTED

 

Pennsylvania—2013 had a record number of exonerations with a total of 87!  According to the National Registry of Exonerations, the total of exonerations to date is 1313.  Jeffery Deskovic of New York spent 17 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Michael DeLoe is in his 6th year of wrongful conviction currently waiting for a hearing on March 17th in the Washington County Courts.  Da’Ron Cox is in his 16th year of a wrongful conviction awaiting a post-conviction hearing to prove his innocence. 

 

In order to raise public awareness of this problem, the 1st National Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted was held simultaneously in many states on June 3, 2009.  MaryAnn Lubas is the Pennsylvania Director for the Freedom March and continues this effort holding the 6th Annual Freedom March on March 14th at 12:00 pm on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse in Washington, PA.  Speakers at the March will include Jeffrey Deskovic from New York, Erica Johnson from Nemacolin, MaryAnn Lubas, director and others who this has affected. 

 

Jeffrey Deskovic: Jeffrey spent 16 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit and was exonerated in November of 2006.   Jeff walked into prison at age seventeen and walked out at age thirty-three. Jeff sued New York State and with 1.5 million dollars of his settlement, he opened the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice.  He continues to fight wrongful convictions through his 4 prongs: raising awareness; seeking legislative changes; working to exonerate the wrongfully convicted-both in DNA and Non-DNA cases; and helping the wrongfully convicted reintegrate back into society. “I am proud to participate in the Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted, and I stand solidly behind Michael DeLoe.”  Read more about his Foundation's work by visiting his website: www.Deskovic.org 

 

Erica Johnson: Erica’s husband Dylan Ryan Johnson has been imprisoned in Mexico just having been sentenced to 15 years for a crime that he did not commit.  The media has embraced Amanda Knox and shown support for Amanda.  Dylan is a Pennsylvania resident and his case needs as much attention as Amanda Knox.  Erica will speak on his case and the injustices they have endured.

 

MaryAnn Lubas is an advocate for the wrongfully convicted and the director of the Pennsylvania Freedom March for the wrongfully convicted.  Lubas son Michael DeLoe was wrongfully convicted on Jan. 15th, 2009.  After getting over the initial shock of the injustices she saw in the trial, she came on board to bring awareness to the citizens of Pennsylvania.  She has traveled to Washington D.C. giving testimony on Capitol Hill as to the reform needed to stop this from continuing.  She has learned that many are also fighting wrongful convictions in our state, including Lorenzo Johnson, Da’Ron Cox, Joseph Hall, Carmen Woods, Joy O’Shea, Dylan Johnson, Jimmy Dennis, Clayton Mibroda, Terrell Scott and many more.   

 

Other Speakers: Will be addressing the effects of wrongful conviction and their causes.

 

Please join us at this worthwhile event. Information on the National Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted can be found at www.freedommarchusa.org.  Learn more about the case of Michael DeLoe at: www.justiceformike.net.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 25, 2013

 

FIFTH ANNUAL FREEDOM MARCH FOR THE WRONGFULLY CONVICTED

 

Pennsylvania—It took 17 years for Terrell Johnson to see life outside of prison for a crime he didn’t commit.  Jeffery Deskovic of New York spent 17 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Michael DeLoe is in his 5th year of wrongful conviction currently waiting for a trial date in the Washington County Courts.  Da’Ron Cox is in his 15th year of a wrongful conviction awaiting a post-conviction hearing to prove his innocence. 

 

In order to raise public awareness of this problem, the 1st National Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted was held simultaneously in many states on June 3, 2009.  MaryAnn Lubas is the Pennsylvania Director for the Freedom March and continues this effort holding the 5th Annual Freedom March on June 3rd, 2013 on the steps of the City County Building in downtown Pittsburgh starting at 1:00 pm.  Speakers at the March will include Terrell Johnson, Erica Johnson, MaryAnn Lubas and others who this has affected. 

 

Terrell Johnson: Terrell was released from prison and exonerated for the crime of murder in October of 2012 after spending 17 years of his young life behind bars!  There was no evidence and was convicted on the testimony of a drug addict with an extensive criminal record.  Evelyn McBryde was facing up to 50 years in prison.  Police PAID McBryde $10,000 and reduced and/or dropped outstanding charges against her after her testimony.  Terrell will give a 1st hand account of what being wrongfully convicted does to people and how life is now that he is free.

 

Erica Johnson: Erica’s husband Dylan Ryan Johnson has been imprisoned in Mexico just having been sentenced to 15 years for a crime that he did not commit.  The media has embraced Amanda Knox and shown support for Amanda.  Dylan is a Pennsylvania resident and his case needs as much attention as Amanda Knox.  Erica will speak on his case and the injustices they have endured.

 

MaryAnn Lubas is an advocate for the wrongfully convicted, director of the Pennsylvania Freedom March for the wrongfully convicted and co-ordinator for the Pittsburgh area filming of Lawless America – The Movie.  MaryAnn’s son Michael DeLoe was wrongfully convicted on Jan. 15th, 2009.  After getting over the initial shock of the injustices she saw in the trial, she came on board to bring awareness to the citizens of Pennsylvania.  She has traveled to Washington D.C. giving testimony on Capitol Hill as to the reform needed to stop this from continuing.  She has assisted in the co-ordination of a documentary film; Lawless America, whose purpose is to expose in film the injustices that happen all across our country.  Director and producer William Windsor has travelled all 50 states taking testimony of those that are victims of the corruption in the justice system.  Michael DeLoe’s case is one of many that will be featured in this documentary schedule to be released in 2014.   

 

Other Speakers: Will be addressing the effects of wrongful conviction and their causes.

 

Please join us at this worthwhile event. Information on the National Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted can be found at www.freedommarchusa.org.  Learn more about the case of Michael DeLoe at: www.justiceformike.net and Lawless America-The Movie at www.lawlessamerica.com

For Further Information or Press availability contact:

MaryAnn Lubas

(412) 251-3008

mlubas2@yahoo.com

 

Media Coverage of the 2011 Freedom March with guest speaker, Jeffrey Deskovic (click the following links)

http://photos.triblive.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=38098325&event=1332247&CategoryID=0

http://www.essentialpublicradio.org/story/2011-10-03/marchers-wrongfully-accused-hit-pittsburgh-streets-7782

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_760029.html

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/photo_199425.html?TB_iframe=true&height=460&width=720

http://m.post-gazette.com/local/neighborhoods-city/wrongly-convicted-man-speaks-out-here-on-jailed-innocents-1179592

 

 

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Pennsylvania: Contact MaryAnn Lubas at mlubas2@yahoo.com

http://www.justiceformike.net/

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Advocate Who Served 16 Years, Beginning At Age Sixteen To Be Keynote Speaker At Third Annual National Freedom March For The Wrongfully Convicted

 

Pittsburgh, PA- Jeffrey Deskovic, who was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder at age 16 will be the keynote speaker on Monday, October 3rd at the third annual National Freedom March For The Wrongfully Convicted. Exonerated five years ago; Deskovic will detail the outrageous ordeal he was put through in New York’s Westchester County. His eye-opening account about the unlawful activities of police, prosecutors and medical examiners who teamed up to send him away for life despite knowing that his DNA did not match the perpetrator will give listeners pause for thought. It would be sixteen years before the same DNA would ultimately exonerate him by pointing a finger at the actual perpetrator, who in fact, was able to be identified only after taking another life.

 

Also speaking at the March will be Dave O’Hara, who was falsely accused of a crime that cost him dearly financially and emotionally. He is now dedicated to helping others that were wrongfully accused and convicted through F.A.S.T. (False Allegations Solutions Team).

 

MaryAnn Lubas, Director of the Freedom March became a strong advocate for the wrongfully convicted when the courts failed her son Michael DeLoe, who has been imprisoned for nearly 3 years for a crime that never occurred.  Lubas declared, “Having exculpatory DNA evidence should have convinced the jury of his innocence. Instead, they were persuaded by the inconsistent testimony of so-called witnesses. Perhaps the jury having been allowed to eat with the victims and sleep during testimony, and go unsupervised during the proceedings, played a role.”  This year Lubas is holding the 3rd Annual Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted in our state to begin at noon and to conclude on the steps of the City County Building. 

 

Representatives from Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, The Innocence Institute, The Innocence Project/PA Chapter and the ACLU have all been invited to attend.

 

Please join us at this worthwhile event. 

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Join us on

March 14, 2014

at 12:00pm (noon) on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse

at 1 South Main Street, Washington, PA


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