In 1986, through a remarkable turn of events—including the advocacy of Judge Myron Bright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, a team of pro-bono attorneys, and the work of investigative journalists, Jim gained his freedom from prison.
At that point, he’d spent more than half his life in prison.
Judge Bright called the case, “A gross miscarriage of justice, a stain on our criminal justice system.” Jim was innocent, as he had always maintained.
Jim has operated a shoeshine stand for the last 22-1/2 years in his hometown of Boise, Idaho, where he lived with his 94-year aunt in her home until she passed away this spring.
“Aunt Helen” was the only family he had left. And her home, which had a reverse mortgage, is being turned over to the bank.