Joe Arridy didn't ask for a last meal. It's doubtful that he even understood the concept.An article (one page print version) in Denver Westword News by Alan Prendergast recounts the life of Joe Arridy (1915 - 1939), his conviction and execution and Robert Perske's later investigation of the case. Perske has documented many cases of innocent people with mental disabilities being coerced into confessions, and he considers the case of Joe Arridy the most telling.
Pardoning Mr. Arridy cannot undo this tragic event in Colorado history. It is in the interests of justice and simple decency, however, to restore his good name. - Governor RitterColorado Lawyer, Gail L. Ireland, fought a long legal battle trying to overturn Joe Arridy's conviction. His granddaughter, Terri Bradt, has written his biography. The Introduction is available on the web.
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