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Dewey Bozella
March 5, 2012 6:36 PM   Subscribe

Dewey Bozella landed a hard right cross on his opponent's jaw at the final bell, and the 52-year-old boxer raised his arms in victory. After 26 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit, Bozella triumphantly realized a dream deferred in his first and only professional fight.

"I'm going to concentrate on the Dewey Bozella Foundation, which really means opening a gym in my town," Bozella said. "Because there are no gyms, and I'd like to see kids who are on the street have something productive to do. No more fighting for me."
posted by Trurl (7 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
I trust he will get lots of money for the film rights!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:40 PM on March 5, 2012


It's not about the money.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:57 PM on March 5, 2012


This story inspires such joy and anger. Joy that a man can stay so true to himself when under such unrelentingly unfair circumstances. Anger at yet another case in which an individual must be the better man and turn the other cheek when he has been so cruelly robbed by the justice system.

I suppose it is always sad when people prove themselves worthy of a better system than the one they find themselves in and always happy when they persevere despite it.
posted by sendai sleep master at 8:00 PM on March 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


The day after [the fight], a federal judge threw out his lawsuit against Dutchess County and the City of Poughkeepsie over the evidence that was not turned over to his lawyers.

The decision was primarily based on a controversial Supreme Court ruling in the case of Connick v. Thompson. By a 5-to-4 margin, the court, in a decision written by Justice Clarence Thomas in March, threw out a $14 million jury award to a former death row inmate freed after prosecutorial misconduct came to light. The decision stated that only a pattern of misconduct in properly turning over evidence could warrant financial compensation, no matter how egregious the misconduct against a single defendant.


So yeah, fuck Clarence Thomas, and I hope this makes a lot of money.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 10:07 PM on March 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


More on that vile Supreme Court ruling
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 10:12 PM on March 5, 2012


Good for Golden Boy and Bernard Hopkins for hearing Bozella's story and bringing him into the ring. And, of course, an extra holy shit your strength on the inside is incredible for Bozella for keeping his dignity and spirit while doing time for someone else's crime. I can't begin to imagine how awful that would be. Jesus.....
posted by but no cigar at 10:16 PM on March 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


your strength on the inside is incredible for Bozella for keeping his dignity and spirit while doing time for someone else's crime. I can't begin to imagine how awful that would be

Especially because, every time police and prosecuters railroad an innocent man, the guilty party gets away with it.
posted by Gelatin at 9:26 AM on March 6, 2012


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