Michael Anthony Green of Texas, who spent 27 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, wants to become a paralegal to help other inmates he says are wrongfully imprisoned, says the Houston Chronicle. “Mike could really change the world,” says Bob Wicoff, the lawyer who helped him get out of prison and then hired him to write briefs and interview inmates. “His case could be an example of the changes we need to make.”
In 1983, Green was sentenced to 75 years in prison for the rape of a Houston woman because of faulty eyewitness identification. DNA evidence has cleared Green from any involvement in the case. He was freed July 30 but still has to be declared actually innocent. If he is, Green stands to receive more than $2 million from the state. Nonetheless, he plans to continue to work. “That’s how I’m going to live. Regardless of the compensation money, I’m still going to work,” he said. Clay Graham, a Dallas defense attorney who has worked with the Innocence Project of Texas to help exonerees adjust to being free, said it was unusual for Green to have a job, especially only weeks after he was released. Other convicts who are released, especially when paroled, have support systems for counseling, jobs, and supervision. The innocent who are freed also are free of any further obligations, leaving them in a state of shock and disbelief, Graham said.