It took the work of journalists, lawyers, tribal leaders and citizens to release the Fairbanks Four, after they wrongfully convicted on a murder charge and other serious crimes. Now there is an effort underway to compensate the men for the 18 years they spent in prison. Marvin Roberts, one of the Fairbanks Four, shared his thoughts on the issue.
Mayor John Eberhart called on the City of Fairbanks and the State of Alaska to compensate the men for wrongful imprisonment.
Fairbanks Police Chief Randall Aragon said that the state didn’t agree to the settlement because the men were innocent, but instead because of political pressure.
The outcome is a big win for the Alaska Innocence Project. Executive director Bill Oberly has spent the past six years trying to free the men.
Rep. David Guttenberg, a Democrat from Fairbanks, didn’t know about the protest, but addressed the Fairbanks Four on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Fundraiser for Alaska Innocence Project to feature Ken Burns and The Central Park Five