This January, I stood beside my client Huwe Burton in a Bronx courtroom when he was exonerated 30 years after police coerced him into falsely confessing to the murder of his beloved mother.
Huwe was only 16 years old when he was arrested, and he fought for 30 years to clear his name and achieve a measure of justice for his mother, his family, and himself.
It was an honor to represent Huwe as a part of his legal team and to stand beside him as the judge finally acknowledged his innocence and apologized on behalf of the system that wronged him.
This Sunday, November 3rd, Huwe and l will be side-by-side again as we run the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon. Huwe began running while he was wrongfully incarcerated, and I’ll be drawing my inspiration from the endurance he showed during the decades when he never gave up on proving his innocence.
While we run, I’ll be raising money for the Innocence Project and for our many other clients who are still waiting for their chance to prove their innocence and restore their rightful freedom.
Thank you for supporting me, Huwe, and Team Innocence Project for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon.
First photo:Huwe Burton and Susan Friedman training together for the marathon. Credit: Sameer Abdel-Khalek
Second photo: Huwe Burton and Susan Friedman at the Innocence Project's annual benefit. Credit: Matthew Adams
Third Photo: Huwe Burton following his exoneration on January 24, 2019 in the Bronx County Hall of Justice. Credit: Sameer Abdel-Khalek