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

Monday, July 11, 2016

"Defusing the Rage"

A recent editorial in the Connecticut Post (We must defuse the rage", July 10, 2016) was well-meaning but heavy on platitudes and short on logic. Statements such as "What we all need is to understand one another better" are pointless and say nothing. Advice to "reassure a neighbor" and "...help the dialogue" sound very cozy, but are meaningless. All the marches, vigils and prayer gatherings of the past have served the purpose of providing outlets for grief and rage, but little else. "All people really want is for these senseless deaths to stop", states the editorial. They don't stop.

The solution to minimizing violent atrocities is not mysterious or abstract. The horrific targeting of blacks and resultant revenge killings will not be solved by or calls to "guide the dialogue", whatever that means. The only way that gun violence will be minimized is through immediate and forceful legislation. The only way that racist policies within police departments will be minimized is by actively changing the culture of these departments.

What we have witnessed of late is still more fallout from a misguided 1965 initiative led by President Lyndon Johnson. In spite of Johnson's strides in civil rights legislation, the Law Enforcement Assistance Act created a system whereby the federal government funded local police forces. This began the sad legacy of militarized police presence in black neighborhoods in Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Newark, and other large urban areas, creating contempt, distrust and animosity between residents of those neighborhoods and the police. Fast forward to 2016, and although progress has been made, there are still strong remnants of this kind of targeted and racist law enforcement mentality, and a crisis of mass incarceration. 

Congress must pass strong gun laws, and police leadership must improve the culture of police forces, or nothing will change.  

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