- Written by Bill Branham
At a Prayer Breakfast held to lift up the case of Davontae Sanford, the determination of those supporting Davontae, legally, emotionally and spiritually, was undeniable. There was a mixture of gospel singing and prayer, testimonies of Davontae's courage and a resolute will that Davontae will one day be free. The highlights were the concise summary of the facts of the case by Moran and a short, but powerful description of what life can be like in prison life, whether innocent or guilty, by Valerie Newman. Others who spoke briefly were Megan Crane, lawyer, and Kasia Majerczak, social worker, from the Northwestern Law Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth; and Andrew Xue, Law student in the Michigan Innocence Clinic.
Videos of portions of the service can be seen by clicking on the links below:
- David Moran's summary of the details of Davontae's case.
- Valerie Newman's description of prison life.
- Playlist of excerpts of the prayer brunch.
Davontae's case can be reviewed by going to his information on our site here. As with so many wrongful convictions which are disheartening and deeply disturbing, the fact that this was a mentally challenged 14 year old boy who was manipulated into giving a rehearsed confession resulting in imprisonment for the majority of his remaining life, is nothing less than horrifying. You can see Davontae's "confession". It resembled more of a middle school teacher going over an essay with his student, as the officer made changes to Davontae's statements so that they were "more correct".
Dave Moran is not one to be given to speculation and his knows his field. Perhaps the most encouraging thing heard that morning was Moran saying, "we have great reason to be hopeful and optimistic that the time is coming, the time is coming when Davontae Sanford will come home."
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