My name is Will Duchon. I live in Stratford, CT.

In 2003 I encountered Mr. Shane Watson, who is currently serving a 25 year to life sentence for second-degree murder. After careful review of the case transcripts, police reports, trial transcripts and other documentation, it became clear to me that Shane is not guilty of this crime. His case is an example of flawed "eyewitness" testimony, an incredibly flimsy prosecution, and essentially a travesty of justice. Shane is 50 years old, and has been in prison since 1993.

I followed up my suspicions about the case with Dr. Jennifer Dysart, currently a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. Her SUMMARY confirmed my suspicions.

Along with some dedicated friends from Pleasantville Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, NY, Monroe Congregational Church in Monroe, CT, the fine attorney Robert Boyle of New York City, and our dedicated investigator Doug Walters of Chicago, I am seeking to have Shane's conviction overturned so that ultimately, he will be free to enjoy his life.

This blog is simply a way to share Shane's story as well as new and current information regarding his case. I encourage you to read the posts that describe the details of his case. It is also an opportunity to learn about how flawed the criminal justice system is.

For details of the Shane Watson case, please read the SUMMARY by our investigator, Doug Walters.

Thank you for visiting.

Shane Watson's mailing address:

Mr. Shane Watson

93A 9384

PO Box 8

Otisville, NY 10963

Thursday, June 19, 2014

An Ounce of Prevention

Having had a day or so to absorb the news of Judge Price's outrageous ruling, I think it is important to learn from this moment, or at least reinforce something all of us have been aware of from the start. Judge Price's denial of a new trial for Shane, despite glaring new evidence and the revelation of just how ineptly and corruptly Shane's prosecution was, proves a point:

It is extremely difficult to undo a conviction.

By nature, the courts loathe admitting that mistakes were made. I use the term "mistakes" politely here, because certainly in Shane's case "mistakes" were just one factor in his conviction. Blatant incompetence, prosecutorial laziness and investigative procedures that border on criminal activity also played a part in Shane's conviction. Anyone who witnessed the arrogance of the DA's trio of lawyers at last summer's hearings knows exactly what I am talking about here.

Shane's case starkly reveals just why the police and the DA's office need to get it right from the start. Shane has spent the last 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. This is, of course, the heart of this outrageous case. The endless hours spent writing letters, pleading for financial support, spreading Shane's story, going to court, waiting, hoping, wondering...all of this is just an additional consequence of a very mean-spirited, lazy and corrupt prosecution from 1993.

We are moving forward and will appeal Judge Price's decision to the Appellate Court, where, hopefully, justice will finally be served, putting an end to what has been a monumental waste of time and life.

Thank you for your support.


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