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Scott Shellenberger

Seeking compensation for a wrongful conviction and an 'altogether tragic life'

Seeking compensation for a wrongful conviction and an 'altogether tragic life'

I look into his face and see everything James Williams tells me, everything his young lawyers describe, everything in the psychiatric evaluations and police reports. I see confirmation of a hard life that started with physical and mental cruelty, moved quickly into drinking and drugs, followed by bad decisions and bad luck, beatings and blackouts, depression, attempts at suicide, homelessness, panhandling, and two stints in prison for crimes of violence — one he deserved, and one he absolutely did not deserve.

I can see all that in the lines and cracks, in the deep-set eyes, the toothless drag on a cigarette. It’s there in the way Williams recalls, in broken chronology, much of what...

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