Wrongfully Imprisoned for 29 Years: The Leo Schofield Story

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“Pick me up, and we’ll get something to eat.”

A phrase that many couples will recognize. A sign of normalcy and familiarity. How many times had Leo Schofield uttered them before? How many times had the simple plan worked out just fine? Many people reading this can imagine what normally transpires after this all too well: Chinese takeout, a quick burger, or picking up a Pizza and heading home to watch TV. Normal.

When Leo Schofield said these words to his wife, Michelle, that is what he expected. He didn’t realize that those would be some of the last words he spoke to her and that, what should have been a standard Tuesday evening, would be the beginning of a nightmare.

On February 24th, 1987 at 9:45 PM, Leo was at band practice at his friend Buddy Anderson’s house. When Michelle called him there, 90 minutes after her shift at Tom’s Restaurant, a local burger joint, he told her to pick him up at his friend Vince Rahner’s house down the street.

He walked to Vince’s house and stayed there, waiting for Michelle. When the clock struck midnight, Leo, worried about his wife, called his father. Leo Schofield, Sr. picked his son up and together the two retraced the route that Michelle would have taken. They checked Leo and Michelle’s trailer, but not seeing her vehicle, didn’t enter the trailer and kept searching. After driving around for some time, Leo called the surrounding hospitals, the police department and the sheriff’s department, hoping for some sign of Michelle. Nothing.

Leo went back to his parents’ house with his father and made more calls to authorities. His mother took him back out, and together they retraced the same roads, stopping again at Leo’s trailer. This time, he went inside, turned on the lights, and left a note for Michelle to stay put, assuming that they were somehow missing each other.

He and his mother continued their search and at 2:20 AM, stopped at Michelle’s father, David Saum’s house. Leo knocked on Saum’s window, waking him, and asked if he had seen Michelle. He had seen Michelle earlier in the day, but not since then.

Leaving David Saum’s house, Leo and his mother came upon two sheriff’s vehicles parked at the local gas station. Leo asked them if they had seen any sign of Michelle, and gave them further detail on her vehicle.

After the fruitless search with his mother, Leo finally ended up back at Buddy Anderson’s house around 4:30 AM and, at the urging of his friend, tried to get some sleep.

In the morning, he met a Polk County sheriff’s deputy at his trailer and provided him with a description and picture of Michelle for the missing person report. Leo and his father spent the rest of the day printing and posting fliers with details of Michelle’s disappearance, hoping that someone, anyone, had seen her.

Thursday, February 26th, 1987, a friend called the Schofields, saying that he had seen Michelle’s car at exit 44 on Interstate 4. At 11:30 that night, the Schofields and the sheriff’s deputies gathered at the vehicle. They found the back hatch unlocked, the rear speakers missing and bits of hair stuck in the rear panel. The Schofields and the authorities mounted a search in the area and on Friday at 1:30 PM, Leo’s father found her body. She had been stabbed 26 times and dumped in the canal.

On June 24th, 1988, Leo Schofield was arrested and charged with Michelle’s murder.

“I was incredulous. Nothing in my personal history prepared me for the stain on my personhood that was immediately felt when I was accused of killing the girl I loved.” – Leo Schofield


Leo comforts his daughter, Ashley Nicole

Despite the copious amounts of blood, the tire tracks, and footprints at the canal where Michelle’s body was found, Leo’s trailer was declared by investigators to be the scene of the crime. The prosecution maintained that Leo and Michelle had gone back to their home around 1:30 AM, at which point Leo stabbed Michelle 26 times, carried her body out to their shared vehicle and dumped her out in the canal.

In contrast to the canal crime scene, Leo’s trailer was blood-free, aside from a small stain the size of a half-dollar of an unidentified fluid. According to the medical examiner, Michelle bled five pints of blood. Leo’s clothes from that night were taken into evidence and, like the trailer were also found to be completely free of blood.

This discrepancy was just one of many in prosecutor John Aguero’s case:

Despite the many witnesses that Leo interacted with on the night of Michelle’s disappearance, the prosecution’s case focused on the testimony of Alice Scott, who stated that she saw Leo and Michelle enter the trailer around 1:30 AM the night Michelle disappeared. Alice said that she heard arguing and the sounds of a struggle coming from the trailer, followed by Leo leaving at 2:30 AM with something “the size of a child” wrapped up and thrown in the back of the couple’s Mazda.

In direct opposition to Alice Scott’s testimony, Michelle’s father, David Saum, testified that Leo was with him at 2:30 AM. At 2:45 AM, Leo was speaking to the sheriff’s deputies at the gas station.

Beyond the discrepancy in the timeline, Alice Scott had a history of mental issues and had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution by her family. She also blatantly lied about the distance between the bathroom window that she allegedly witnessed the night’s events from and the Schofields’ trailer.

Additionally, there were three unsolved murder cases where women had been stabbed to death in the area, a fact which Polk sheriff’s Detective Richard Putnel testified he was unaware of.

To further dilute the prosecution’s case, there was an unidentified set of fingerprints in the car that did not belong to Leo or Michelle.

Prosecutor John Aguero, a man who has himself been accused of domestic battery, lacked physical evidence. To compensate, he brought a parade of witnesses that testified on the Schofields’ sometimes tumultuous marriage. These witnesses cited incidents where the couple was involved in physical altercations and painted Leo as a violent, unpredictable man.

The witnesses cited occasional incidences of hair pulling, slapping, and screaming matches as evidence of domestic unrest.

Leo’s defense attorney, Jack Edmund, was underprepared and failed to challenge this depiction, allowing Aguero to lead witnesses into hyperbole and speculation.

The result?

The jury returned a verdict in 2 hours: guilty.

Leo Schofield was sentenced to life in prison.

“Anyone can be wrong and make a mistake. It’s what you do with it when you’re face to face with the facts that counts. I, and my family have paid an indescribable price to find justice for Michelle because the ‘system’ failed us long ago.” – Leo Schofield


Leo with his wife, Crissie, and daughter, Ashley

Schofield filed an appeal in ’89, denied.

Another in ’92, denied.

Again and again and again. Every appeal denied.

And so, Leo Schofield sat in prison, choosing to spend his time helping others. He eventually landed a job as a teaching aide for Crissie Carter, helping to teach a life skills course for other inmates.

“A lot of people get involved [with Leo’s case] because they hear the story from me…and then they meet Leo, there’s something about him, he’s special,” – Crissie Carter

She listened to Leo’s story, and after doing her own research found that there were too many holes in the prosecution’s case. Crissie and Leo grew closer through this process and in 1995, they got married.

“My family was supportive, but not necessarily happy.” Says Crissie, “I have friends that don’t talk to me anymore.”

She thought that advanced forensic technology might be able to make sense of the unknown set of fingerprints and began contacting multiple law enforcement agencies to see if they could run the prints again.

Carter became Leo’s greatest advocate, telling his story to anyone who will listen and working tirelessly to gain his freedom.

“A lot of people get involved [with Leo’s case] because they hear the story from me…and then they meet Leo, there’s something about him, he’s special,” says Crissie.

Finally, in 2004, one of Crissie’s friends had the prints run.

The results were astounding.

Jeremy Scott, a man with a rap sheet a mile long, a man imprisoned for murder, a man with a long history of violence, and a man who lived less than two miles away from the location of Michelle’s body.

“Jeremy Scott’s former girlfriend, Jami Nelams, testified to Scott’s violent history, saying that he had struck her with a baseball bat and choked her to unconsciousness.

Leo and Crissie tried to get a hearing based on the new evidence. After being denied in 2008, they were granted a hearing in 2010, in which Jeremy Scott was called to testify. Scott testified that his fingerprints were on the car windshield (which was false, they were found in the rear of the vehicle) because he stole the stereo out of the car (which, in investigators’ photographs of the vehicle was still present). It should also be noted that, prior to the hearing, the original prosecutor on the case, John Aguero, held an unrecorded private meeting with Scott.

Jeremy Scott’s former girlfriend, Jami Nelams, testified to Scott’s violent history, saying that he had struck her with a baseball bat and choked her to unconsciousness. She also testified that he had frequently taken her to the same location where Michelle’s body was found.

Circuit Judge Keith P. Spoto (a former colleague of prosecutor John Aguero) denied the motion for a new trial, saying that the fingerprint evidence would likely not result in a different verdict for Schofield and that the evidence presented against Schofield was “substantial and convincing.”

“Can somebody just slam the podium and say, NO NO NO!” Said Crissie, expressing frustration with the process, “enough is enough.”

Scott Cupp, Leo’s attorney at the time, also expressed disappointment, “the frustrating thing is that I feel strongly, nobody has the read the trial record.”

Leo Schofield, with wife Crissie Carter, and adopted daughter Ashley Nicole

“Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes” – Leo Schofield

Leo and Crissie’s adopted daughter, Ashley Nicole, 16 years old, has become more involved in the case. “My dad’s rule is ‘speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.’ He’s always taught me to be truthful.”

Last year, Ashley spoke before a parole commission that ended in Leo being denied parole, again. “I felt like they didn’t really care.” She says.

In September of 2016, Leo Schofield’s latest attorney, Andrew Crawford, filed a motion to present new evidence. Crawford states in the motion that Jeremy Scott confessed to the murder in a call earlier in the year. A couple of days before the confession, Leo had prayed for “truthfulness and forgiveness” in the case. Jeremy Scott’s confession included full detail of the murder and how it was carried out.

“I have tried to hold onto the belief that justice always wins in the end.” Leo says. “Almost 30 years later and a long prison experience. I don’t know if justice can ever be obtained, but I am tired and wearing down. I have my wife today of nearly 26 years, and a daughter who is now 16 years old, both of which need me home. And I need to be with them.”

“The only thing that matters to him is his two girls.” Ashley is ready for her father to be released so that they can lead a normal life. “There are times in my life where I want to call him and talk, sometimes I dial the number on my phone, and then I realize I can’t.”

“I’ve been training for the Olympics in karate, and we’re going to go the 2020 Olympics together, that’s something we have to look forward to.” – Ashley Nicole, Leo’s Daughter

She is hopeful that her father will be released soon, “I’ve been training for the Olympics in karate, and we’re going to go the 2020 Olympics together, that’s something we have to look forward to.”

Leo Schofield and Ashley Nicole

As of this writing, the motion to present new evidence has been struck twice, with the opportunity to amend. 10th Circuit Judge J. Kevin Abdoney has been assigned to the case and will ultimately be the one conducting a potential hearing.

“I want people to care…” Says Leo, “because everything I’ve said from the beginning is the absolute truth. What happened to me can happen to anyone.”

“I want people to care…” – Leo Schofield


How Can You Help?

Concerned readers can help Leo Schofield and his family in the following ways:

Sign a Petition:

This petition on Change.Org will be submitted to Polk County State Attorney Brian Haas on Leo’s behalf:

https://www.change.org/p/brian-haas-state-attorney-10th-judicial-court-stop-prosecuting-leo-schofield-for-a-crime-he-did-not-commit

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Carol Marie Halfacre: Happy that he is free just like my friend, Susan Mellen, imprisoned for 17 yrs. for a crime she not only did not commit but such neglegence from the California judicial system while her 3 children grew up without their mom and now they keep putting her off compensating her for it...now another 2 years!! This is totally bizarre!!!
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USA Herald: Hi Carol, unfortunately Leo is not free yet.  
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Kristen Jean: I wish he was free. But the drama is dragging on. 1987 The real killer was let out just prior to Michelle Saum Schofield being brutally murdered by a man who's palm prints were in her car that Already Killed someone else. But, the Ass. Dist. Atty of FL in 1988 was blind and deaf to the real truth. The whole truth and nothing but the truth!!!  
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: HE'S GUILTY!  
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Georgia Quisenberry: USA Herald Then he should be.  
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Elizabeth Paige McCombs: Tracy McCombs
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Alice Martinez: That's so sad, poor guy wasted 29 years of his life and probably on circumstantial evidence. If you ever serve on a jury, make sure beyond a reasonable doubt !!! It's better to let a guilty person go free than to punish someone that isn't guilty.
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Rodger Parker: This goes on all over the country and police and over zealous prosecutors will not admit they were wrong
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Kristen Jean: Thank You Rodger Parker you are so right. There are way to many prosecutors that have tried a case without even knowing who they are trying to throw behind bars. They could be their own mother or family because they mostly want the case closed and move on. Wish they would not cover up any evidence or try to hide something. Everything needs to be put on the table. Have no doubt before you put someone behind bars. No need of this ever happening again. 100% Proof Evidence is the only way to convict someone. No guessing. Don't ASSume!!!
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Kristen Jean: I'm very happy the story has been put out there for all to read. I just wish someone out there was reading this and saying why is he still in prison and why isn't the real killer being prosecuted for the crime that he did back in 1987. Why is it taking FL so long to free the innocent man Leo Schofield Jr. I really don't know how the judge or the Ass. Dist Atty. Could sleep at all knowing they put an innocent man or many men behind bars for something they knew they didn't have enough evidence! ???!
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Kristen Jean: I also have wondered why Clinton or Obama or Bush didn't answer the message to help with Leo Schofield's case and or The FL Gov to help with his case. I've asked myself some questions many have asked me. Why is Leo still in prison if the real killer has been found!???!
I believe it's because the state of FL And it's Ass Dist Atty don't want to admit they are so so very wrong at what they did. Nobody wants to admit they could put another innocent man behind bars.
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Kristen Jean: But That Judge & Ass Dist Atty did put Another Innocent man in a prison for something they did not do and worst of all they were able to do it without proof evidence to put them there! Really! How can you put someone behind bars without evidence?
I can't even Fathom the lives these Ass Dist Attys and Judges live with when they know they are so wrong and my question to them is" Was it worth it To have guilt on your head after you know you did something so wrong to innocent lives? " How can you sleep?
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Jairo Reyes: Scary to think the judicial system is flawed to this extent...
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Kristen Jean: It is very scary. Just knowing they can do anything when you look like you have done something. You really have to prove your innocent !
So much harder to be heard from within the prison walls. The cop takes away your rights as soon as you have the cuffs put on you.
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Dameon Howe: I bet you he's sitting on a stack of money I know I would be I'd sue the state for every penny possible
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Lucy Waddle: Oh God help him now! Hope he finds peace from this!
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Ang Lim: Don't worry, he will sue the city and get 10 million dollars judgement and taxpayers are the ones left holding the bag.  
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Corey Harper: I'm so sorry, get your money
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Joey Corbin: 1987-2016!? Damn!!
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Nelson Basulto Valdes: Every month we hear the same news. When we go to fix this piece of justice system ?
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Miriam Calderon: Wow!!!
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Joan Morris:
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Pam Hunnicutt: Praying God restores!!!
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Dennis Little: How can anyone involved go home and sleep at night?but they do and do and do and do,thousands of cases like this.
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Mark Burzenski: Lawyers and judges should have to pay out of their pension to this man  
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Hyseni Genc: Hey better get paid!
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Dotsy Cranson: the real killer the lawyers and the judge will pay for sending this man to prison. i pray that he will be released soon and the state of Florida has to pay him for every year he's been locked up for a crime he didn't do.
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Gerald Stella: Just Pray that the Judicial System gets a Substantial Overhauling when Trump becomes Pres. and narrow it down to State Govt. Failures,and possibly move the Case to an Unbiased State!! That's my Opinion!!....👍😁
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Phillip Knox: The horrors this guy faced throughout those 29 years smh
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Billie Slocum Davis: In a way that's why , it's hard giving the death penalty. If they didn't do it, why should they die
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Angie Thomas: Sad
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Nancy Headen: Probably a lot , criminal justice system is not always justice
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Samaria Rhodes: Wow and he's a white man🤔That's a first😒💯
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George F Deroo: I highly doubt that.  
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Anna Zatek: So sad
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Evelyn Velez: Wow thats horrible gbh
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Betty Henderson: Prayers
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Lancaster Sr David: I am the wronged one just as this man , Nye County Nevada held me in detention for 108 days facing life in the Nevada state prison for 7 felonies they knew I did not commit . A detective signed the warrant for the judge, and the sheriff as well as the prosecutors office knew from day one I was innocent. It's an evil world and getting worse .
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Tish Pack Tate: This is sad.
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Joanne Mattillo: 😥😥😥
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: NEVER FORGET MICHELLE WHO WAS MURDERED!
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Roy Baxter: How do you pay someone.back for that one??????
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Lester Jordan: I Bet he Get PAID
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: I'm not convinced he didn't do it. I know people who knew him and Michelle that saw how he treated her and I'm just not convinced he's innocent. If he is then God forgive me.
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Berniz Rincon: I don't know of him but what I just read. He may have been abusive but I didn't read anything that suggest he killed her. The time he was the at Police Dept n the time he was with his father.  
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Kami Lynn Zanders: Get ya money boy!!!!
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Dishea Boone-Gilchrist: GOD bless
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Jenny Bigger Lundvall: I pray you can. Have a good liFe
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Daniel Bencomo: Commenting for later
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Brenda Lewis: Your full of shit. Lester Jordan
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Sharon Smalley: omg I'd never want for anything ever again believe that
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Jeanette Jones: God be with you!!
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Steve Kelly: Man....please try to restore this poor man's life.
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Liane Schronce Watkins: Let's do this!!!!!! Share this EVERYWHERE!!

#OlsenWPMOYchallenge
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Gloriaann Gittings: Sad to think of this an people that are knowingly not innocent get off Scott free!!!!
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Lakendra Paschal Robinson: Sad
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Miriam Ramon A Suarez:
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Shamera Thomas: Terrible and my Uncle is going through the same thing.
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Kristen Jean: Any info on him. I'll try to post on my side if I can help spread good spirits and the word.  
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Florence Hardin: This is so sad.
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Jennifer Neumann: And obama is where? Oh yeah wrong color
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Patricia McGuire: This is not justice! Get this right now!
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Patty Parks: So sad. PRAYERS
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Paula Carter: There's lots of inmates doing time for bullshit crap and most shouldn't even be in jail sad but true.
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Jerry Braswell: Read the evidence and you will be compelled to sign the petition. This man is innocent!
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Pat Bernstein: Don't it doesn't anyone think it know there had been a miscarriage of justice in this case😡. No proof he committed murder 😡
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Sharon Claytor: Man
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Diane Fisher:
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Greg Beck: Unbelievable
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Jacquelin Huff:
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Pat Morere: Prayers for ur release to be w your family
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Ada Briden: Horrible, sad!! May you succeed in getting out and enjoying your life with your family
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Linda Farrow: That's sad.
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Felicia Pierre: That's sad
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Brenda Smith: Beyond sad
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Sue Barros: They need to put the judges in check so they have the right information before they prosecute and put people in prison for no reason stupid assholes😡
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Pattinoel Thacker: So sad hope things turn around for you this new year god bless
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Steffany Van Kampen: So sad
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Sue Wichita: Prayers
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Kristen Jean: It is very sad, If I didn't live it I would not have believed so many lawful people could do so unlawful things to do many innocent people and to believe that once you have had your life shattered for a loss but to be blamed for something so unfathomable is beyond something anyone thinks could happen when your Really Truly Innocent and No law man or woman Believed anything we said and still we fight to make the judges or ASS Dist Atty and prosecutors listen to the truth.
I watch a lot of shows and they see right through the lies of the guilty and believe the ones telling the truth. Why is it taking this of the law so long to hear or see the 100% Proof Evidence that not only proves Leo is Innocent But, Also hands them the real killer, isn't that suppose to make those of the law realize they were wrong and free the innocent LEO SCHOFIELD!
Now, if I was a judge and heard how this went down. I would have gone to the prison where Leo is and not only freed him But, brought a limo to bring him home to the lived ones that he was stolen from.

My thoughts! Sharing
The Truth!
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Joel Hill: There's too much technology out there for this kind of thing to happen  
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Cathy Abbey: Truth in many cases !!!!!!!!!!!  
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Linda Howsie: Wow Sad
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Annette Daniels: Horrible
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Johnnie Cooper: Wow and sad. And terrible.
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Michael Mirabile: Stop the privatzeing of prisons.
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Sandy Ehlers: Dang
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Joel Hill: THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HARD TIME , THAT IS TO BE DOING SOMEONE ELSES TIME. THIS MAN NEEDS TO BE COMPENSATED ... THE BEST PART OF HIS LIFE IS BEHIND HIM...
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Deb Abbott Catlett: I cannot imagine what he went thru all those years an no amount of money can give him his life back.. whoever is responsible should have to serve time
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Sandy Davis: So sad
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Lynn White Gipson: Exactly why I don't believe in the death penalty.
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Linda Fillinger: Sad
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Dustin Snell: Pay the man 8 hours of minimum wage for every day he spent in there and then put the people who put him in there in there. Then his healing can begin.
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Gail Sims: That is messed up but he is about to get paid
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Janice Walker: God Bless,prayers 😢
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Francine Seymour: Good luck sir!
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Jimmie Mcdonald: prosecutor and judges should be charged with obstruction of justice
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Lisa Papacena: So is he free yet? They should be letting him out first thing.
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Liliana Kmargo Solorio: Solo le diran
Sorry tu no eras
Ve al mundo nuevo y virtual de estos tiempos
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Kuulei Aila: Unreal
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Rhonda Wills: The justice system messed up
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Jaime Ruiz: Alot of people in jail are inocent.
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Patty Stokes: How awful
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Sharon Gail Barnett Estes: The sad thing is he can not get back the 30 years and even though he is innocent he will never beable to get jobs or go any where and shake the publics memories.
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Stephannie Phelps-Jordan: Sad
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Missy Renee: America's justice system at its best..guilty until proven innocent..he paid the ultimate price and showed us how the so called justice system and it's cronies work
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Bobby Booker: Sew the fuck out of them
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Sara Whipkey: Why so they can go after him  
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Joey Durham: If you'd been an illegal you would have been released in a few week! You must be an American!
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Paula Berry: So many in jail for crimes they didn't commit like I learn in my CRJ class at ASU money talk bullshit walks
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James Alwaysthereforya McAllister: So sad
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Rico Brown: Half the people in jail shouldn't be there
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Jeni Shealey Smith: And the ones who should be there aren't  
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Mary Blair: Sad
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Shane Brock: God bless this man with salvation and home in glory
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Shane Brock: The system is so corrupt it looks right. You ever shake your head when charges are filed? Like for a split second your instincts tell you...nah, can't be right. Then the courts pour it on thick and exaggerate and your like...maybe
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Michael Perkins: lol..prosecutor so good he got you asking for leniency  
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Shane Brock: I wouldn't say good...the word good is for honest people  
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Shane Brock: So Leslie how do you know?  
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Doug Miller: He is not the only one
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Debrah David: Wow amen
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Polly Carrington Petty: Very sad🙏🙏🙏
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Olga Wilman: If he is innocent of the crime..let him go..release him from jail.
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Pedro-Melissa Palma: Wow
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Larry V. Estrada: Amen blessings to him and family
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Mitch Saad: Looks like he is gunna get a nice retirement check!
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Della Phillips: Sorry
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Chris Hudson: What justice system
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Carolyn Goff Perkins: Evidently this is the face of faith bless you sending prayers for you and your family hopefully you will have a good life for the rest of your time on this earth you have a wonderful story to share
Posted ON : 01/10/2017
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Joe Kelly: That shit happens way to often in this country.BS!
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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Josue Ruben Velazquez: He deserves his freedom and an apology from the State, County and those involved in this injustice should be held accountable. He also deserves a lot of money to live out the rest of his days in comfort. That simple, make a wrong situation right!
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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Camila Rojas Cortés: Freeleo Martina Saavedra
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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Martina Saavedra: BROMA QUE ES SCOFIELD OHHHHH MEAVOLA  
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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Milli Love: Awwww I wish I can give you a hugg but that's not enough
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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Keyton Eggleston: Crazy thing is this was in my hometown. Seven years before I was born though so this is the first I've heard of it.
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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Doug Vessel: BOUT TO GET PAID!!!!
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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Troy Eddings: They need to pay that man nicely!!!
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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Diane Bernabe: Can we say a million dollar lawsuit!!!
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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Troy Eddings: How about 29 Million!!!  
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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Gilberto Quiroz: How about $250 million?  
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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John Moxey: Has happened all too often. Many innocent people have been executed, mostly in Texas
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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John Moxey: Leslie Moorehouse The article says he is not  
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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Clarence Stalling: Blacks ,Whites it doesn't matter. WORNGFUL INCARCERATION IS A SYSTEM PROBLEM NOT A RACE ISSUE.
Posted ON : 01/11/2017
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Roberto Rivera: Who gives a fuck
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Katherine Sharp Davison: You would if it was you or your family member!!!  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Roberto Rivera: but it's not.  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Katherine Sharp Davison: But it could have been !!  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Roberto Rivera: but it was not  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Kim Leon: You all are cold hearted. I hope it happens to you Roberto.  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Rich Hardesty: Reimburse him
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Jody Dunlap: Welcome to African American reality
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Shelly Davis: Its heartbreaking how many young black men went to prison before DNA. A witness picking a man from a picture or line up could send a young 18 or 20 yr old to life.....a terrible injustice  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: He's guilty! Your reading half the story there is more to it and never forget Michelle who was murdered
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Ariana Hazel: Oh, you were there?? That's cool.  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Lisa Britt: Half story or whole they couldn't say he isn't guilty. It is true that this does happen far to often in all size towns and states  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: No Ariana Hazel I wasn't there but many of my friends and a couple of family members testified at the trial. I may be wrong and if I am I will admit it. All I know is he was abusive to Michelle.....  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: The fact that she was stabbed so many times that shows the person knew her and was enraged, this other guy they are trying to say did it from what I've read and heard from someone who testified barely knew her and if he wanted to steal her speakers or stereo out of her car he wouldn't have to stab her so many times to kill her.  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: So basically someone who stabs another person that many times is usually someone very close to them and full of rage. He was a jealous guy and he had anger issues.  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: Anyone who is abusive to their spouse and has anger issues will eventually snap. I know this all too well.  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: I know the story and I know many people who knew her and Leo. I know when people who are abusive and have anger issues they will eventually snap and Leo snapped. I believe that he did it until proven otherwise.  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: Guilty  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: I agree, they read a half ass article and jump on the band wagon without knowing the people or the whole story........  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Josh Cincunegui: So fucked up they better pay his ass at least 29 million a million for every year. But Im pretty sure he won't even get a million just not right
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Kim Leon: It was 28 times. I am glad he is being set free. He was innocent  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Josh Cincunegui: O yea and who's the real killer? Lots of prosecutors just want to close the case I wonder how many innocent people have been executed ?
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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John Livingston: I hate this kind of garbage. If hes innocent open his cell right away. Give him a few million tax free dollars and get the fuck out of his way. Like now.
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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John Livingston: There ya go. Lol.  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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John Livingston: Jezz... Horrible. Glad to get perspective from someone in the know. Ty  
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Tammy Hert:
Posted ON : 01/12/2017
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Jolan Cowell: Just sad...
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Lynn Roberts: I hope he sues the crap out of the state ..and that he gets the second chance he deserves in life and love..it's terrible having lost his wife in such a manner and being wrongly accused..i wish him luck
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Elizabeth Danielle: Leslie Moorehouse explain why there was no blood found on him. Why another man's finger print was found on the car. Explain how he was with people during the time of the murder? How's he guilty  
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Crissie Carter: And the real killer confessed.  
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Joy Jesus: He needs restitution for wrongful imprisonment
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Dee Guerry: This is horrible. The system sucks
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Theresa Testut: I would say give him 5000 million for part of his life that was taken from him.
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Apostol Jorge Santiago: 50 k for every year locked up.
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Jaime Cintron: More  
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Wallie Denisse Roman: Free him now
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Jessy Gonzalez: Wow that's crazy 29 years they took away he will never get back smfh ... he need to see wat he can do to sue the state and everyone who had something to do with his case
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Elizabeth Danielle: Does the article tell you that the witness who heard them fighting and supposedly saw them fighting was actually a woman who suffered from mental illness and proven to have lied? Or how during the time of the murder Leo was with multiple people. That another man has admitted to killing her? Was even spotted with her moments before she was killed and his finger print was found in the car and better yet is serving time for murdering another female the exact same way Michelle was  
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Marie Spencer: He needs restitution for wrongful imprisonment
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Jp Lopez: Stupid mony....
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Sonny Davis:
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Denise Guerrieri: Sad
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Kat X Von: is Alice Scott (the so called eye witness) related to Jeremy Scott ?

they found his fingerprints in on her car......that is hard to explain

Using new technology, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement tested the prints in 2004 and found a match: Jeremy Lynn Scott.
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Mary Ellen Griffith: No. They are not related.  
Posted ON : 01/13/2017
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Jonathan Valencia: Natasha Valencia
Posted ON : 01/14/2017
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Debra Vincz: Sue them and get every penny you can. It want take back the years you lost. But you could live comfortable. Good luck Sorry you had to go through such BS
Posted ON : 01/14/2017
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Debra Vincz: Lewis Gaskins no I don't but to spend 29 years in jail and say he was wrongful convinced. That says a lot in itself. Duh  
Posted ON : 01/14/2017
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Jacob Vanblagan: They're mad because the judge f***** up and now the other judges that are friends to him don't want to make him mad so they're going to stick up for their friend slash judge who made the decision when all the evidence is pointing towards somebody else that's how the system works they got each other's back it will not let each other go down they will not let each other look stupid that's Polk County Iowa gray judge f*** the four judges that on the courthouse in the South County Jail they're all dirty they want money they want to live in their luxury houses and fly their private jets and include their family from the crimes that they commit this is the life we live in I'm not a conspiracy theorist I tell the truth
Posted ON : 01/14/2017
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Debbie Erskine Merkiel: Our system at it's finest!!!!! Bet there's alot of that..
Posted ON : 01/14/2017
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Mark Tuplin: He's not the only one. Sadly there's another innocent prisoner sitting in a cell somewhere wondering how the hell things got to that point.
Posted ON : 01/14/2017
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Laurie Bates: So sad
Posted ON : 01/14/2017
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Neicie Larry-Mccray: Sad
Posted ON : 01/14/2017
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Chris Kaminga: I thought the jury took 2 hours to deliberate and came back with a guilty verdict? Why are so many blaming the judge?
Posted ON : 01/15/2017
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Graham Keith Todd: could it be because the facts presented to the jury where all bollocks? or the judge lead them,in his summing up to return a guilty verdict?  
Posted ON : 01/15/2017
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Mary Ellen Griffith: I truly understand how difficult it is to believe this could possibly happen in our judicial system and I, too, had grave doubts about Schofield’s innocence. However, I have spent a good part of the last four years researching this case for my master’s thesis, a legal journal, and currently for publication in a mainstream magazine. I have interviewed Schofield, his attorneys, his current wife, and the prosecutor; I located and spoke with Schofield’s band mate and close friend at the time of Michelle’s disappearance; poured over and photocopied original trial transcripts, subsequent motions, and a letter from the Innocence Project supporting Schofield’s exoneration; rolled through a plethora of decades-old microfiche and newspaper articles; collected and examined crime scene photos; and read, or watched, several appeals depositions - including the original denial of the man who finally confessed to the crime in September of this year. I truly welcome the opportunity to discuss this case and provide any of these docs to you. I remain open to any conversation that questions what I have found. However, it is my position that Michelle Schofield never got justice. In fact, her husband was convicted by gossip and consequently has been serving close to three decades and counting for her brutal death, while a killer, Jeremy Scott, gets away with her murder.
Posted ON : 01/18/2017
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Crissie Carter: F.
Posted ON : 01/18/2017
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Crissie Carter: https://www.change.org/p/brian-haas-state-attorney-10th-judicial-court-stop-prosecuting-leo-schofield-for-a-crime-he-did-not-commit
Posted ON : 01/18/2017
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Marcia Lawrie: This is sooo wrong.
Posted ON : 01/21/2017