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My name is Will Duchon. I live in Stratford, CT. This is the story of The Opus 30 Mission.


MR. SHANE WATSON

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.

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


MR. ROBERT K. MOORE

In April of 2016 I learned of the case of Mr. Robert K. Moore. I was invited to speak to a men's group about Shane Watson's case at Westchester Jewish Community Services in Yonkers, NY. The group is led by Mr. Mark Levine, LCSW. A week or so following the meeting, Mr. Levine emailed me about Mr. Robert Moore, who is currently incarcerated at Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone, NY.







This blog is simply a way to share Shane's and Robert's story as well as new and current information regarding their cases. 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.



Thank you for visiting.

Shane Watson's mailing address:


Mr. Shane Watson

DIN: 93A 9384

PO Box 8

Otisville, NY 10963


Mr. Robert Moore's mailing address:


Mr. Robert K. Moore

DIN: 15-A-0195

c/o Upstate Correctional Facility

PO Box 2001

Malone, NY 12953







































































Thursday, March 16, 2017

Jeffrey Deskovic & The Slow Wheels of Justice


Jeffrey Deskovic

In 1990, 16 year-old Jeffrey Deskovic was convicted of the rape and murder of Angela Correa, a 15-year old student at Peekskill High School in NY.  After seven hours of police interrogation (during which no parent or attorney was present) and the persuasive power of fear and fabricated evidence, Deskovic confessed to the crime despite his innocence. He was sentenced to 15 years to life, and spent 16 years in prison. The Innocence Project finally put an end to Deskovic’s saga, proving through DNA testing that Deskovic was not the perpetrator. The DNA evidence eventually led to the conviction of another man.

Using funds from a settlement, Deskovic admirably set up The Deskovic Foundation for Justice, based in the Bronx, NY. The Foundation provides counsel to wrongfully convicted persons, and also advocates for legislative changes to help prevent future wrongful convictions.

In 2012, we appealed to The Deskovic Foundation for assistance in Shane Watson’s case of wrongful conviction. I spoke to someone in the office about the case and was told that their office would follow up on it.

On February 22 of this year, Shane received a letter from The Deskovic Foundation. The letter claimed that the organization was “swamped with requests for help while also having a limited staff.” The letter thanked Shane for his patience, and asked for several documents pertaining to the case, such as the appellate brief, police reports, and a questionnaire.  The letter concluded with an underlined sentence in bold type: we have not yet decided to accept your case.

The work of The Deskovic Foundation for Justice is admirable, as is the work of The Innocence Project, The Exoneration Initiative (which has provided paralegal assistance to us) and other similar organizations working on behalf of the wrongfully convicted. What is startling is that this letter from The Deskovic Foundation took five years to be generated. If we were to proceed with applying for assistance from The Deskovic Foundation, it would easily be another two years before any substantial action on Shane’s behalf would take place. That’s two more years in prison, added onto the twenty-three Shane has already spent behind bars.

Fortunately, our case is now in the hands of the Federal Court and we are not in need of further legal assistance. When Shane sent a copy of the Deskovic Foundation letter to me his words were “Praise God for where we’re at!” Indeed.







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