Michael VonAllmen was falsely convicted of rape and spent 11 years in Kentucky’s prisons and 17 years on parole. The Kentucky Innocence Project investigated his case and this eventually led to his complete exoneration. He now speaks about his experience—where eyewitness testimony was used. Seventy percent of the cases of those later exonerated in the nation include eyewitness testimony, now known to be highly unreliable. His final point is that with the potential of mistaken identity and other flaws in our system then the death penalty must not be an option for punishment.
Along with Ben Griffith, whose brother Chris was murdered, VonAllmen spoke Thursday before the U.S. Vice Presidential debate at Danville’s Centre College.