Last month, at the age of 71, after 41 years in solitary confinement, and less than three days of freedom, Herman Wallace died of cancer in Louisiana. He once asked me: "Why would you be my friend? Are you forgetting that I don't believe in God?"
In what began as an armed robbery gone bad, Gene Toca was convicted based on misidentifications by two eyewitnesses. Though it remains doubtful that he was even at the scene of the crime, he's been in prison since 1985.