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

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Tide is Turning

At long last, the sluggish criminal justice system in the US is awakening to the reality of wrongful convictions, such as the case of Shane Watson. Instances of false confessions, coerced "witnesses",  official misconduct on the part of detectives and coerced testimony all have come to light, particularly in the past year.

Stephanie Mencimer, who works in the Washington D.C. bureau of Mother Jones writes in her article of February 3, 2016:

Call it the Serial effect. According to a new report from the University of Michigan Law School's National Registry of Exonerations, 2015 set a record for the number of wrongly convicted Americans who finally found justice. There were 149 people last year who were either declared innocent or otherwise cleared of the consequences of their convictions or guilty pleas. Many had served some lengthy prison time—the average exoneree had served nearly 15 years—for crimes they did not commit.

After more than 22 years behind bars for doing nothing, Shane's case is finally being heard by a Federal Court judge. Although this process, like everything else in the criminal justice system (for the poor and non-privileged) takes time, this represents a huge break in our effort to free Shane from prison.

Thank you for your continued interest and support of Shane's case. As always, I invite you to write a note of encouragement to Shane:
Mr. Shane Watson
DIN 93A9384
Otisville Correctional Facility
PO Box 8
Otisville, NY 10963

During this season of renewal and hope, I also ask you keep Shane's wife Paula and their children in your thoughts.

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