Top Ten Innocent People Sentenced

Unfortunately these people spent time even decades in jail for crime they didn't commit.

The Top Ten

1 Sakae Menda

Arrested in 1948 for the murder of a priest and his wife, he was convicted in 1951, and spent thirty-four years in a solitary cell with virtually no human interaction, before finally being released, currently works as an activist. In 2007 he delivered a speech against the death penalty to the World Congress. - MatrixGuy

2 Colin Campbell Ross

Executed 1922 for rape and murder of a 12-year old Alma Tirtschke, Ross was involved in one of the most famous cases in history, the Gun Alley Murder. In 1998, Dr. Bentley Atchison found that the DNA on Ross’s bed did not match Alma’s. In 2008 Ross was finally pardoned for Alma’s murder. - MatrixGuy

3 John Thompson

Thompson was arrested for robbery and murder in 1985, his lawyers had hired a private investigator who somehow found a report withheld by the prosecutors which showed that Thompson’s blood type did not match that of the perpetrator found at the scene of the crime, after receiving a new trial in 2003, it took the jury just thirty-five minutes to acquit him of all charges. - MatrixGuy

4 Mahmood Hussein Mattan

Executed 1952 for the murder of a pawn shop owner, Lily Volpert. A pair of blood-flecked shoes and a testimony from Harold Clover, a Jamaican man who was also a suspect in the murder, was all that was needed to convict Mattan. In 1998, the court reopened the trial and dismissed the case as demonstrably flawed. The court rewarded Mattan’s family with 700,000 British pounds, the first ever case to award money for a posthumous pardon. - MatrixGuy

5 Akabori Masao
6 Juan Roberto Melendez-Colon
7 Kirk Bloodsworth
8 Paul House
9 Gregorio Valero and Leon Sanchez
10 O.J. Simpson O.J. Simpson Orenthal James "O. J." Simpson, nicknamed The Juice, is a former National Football League running back, broadcaster, actor, advertising spokesman, and convicted robber.

The Contenders

11 Gerry Conlon
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