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Black Panther Geronimo Pratt Released from prison after 27 years for a crime he did not commit June 10, 1997

Geronimo Pratt Free at Last after 27 years for a crime he did not commit, June 10, 1997

Geronimo Pratt on his first day of freedom at NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Los Angeles, CA

“I represented Geronimo with Johnnie Cochran, Stuart Hanlon and others to release Geronimo from prison after 27 years for a murder he did not commit. The California Court of Appeal upheld the reversal of his wrongful conviction, finding ‘no merit’ in the prosecution’s arguments. Geronimo could have been released many years earlier if he had expressed remorse before the parole board, but he refused to apologize for a crime he did not commit. He was at peace with himself and with the world after leaving prison. Geronimo was the strongest man, psychologically and physically, I have ever known. I became a lawyer to represent people like him.” Robert Garcia, Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project.