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Jon Corzine ended an injustice

Michael Aron, the New Jersey Network reporter, took a special interest in Spruell case, conducting his own investigation and writing and filming a Mad Men spoilers TV documentary about it 14 years ago. Aron found that everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Spruell: He responded to police questions with answers related to another assault in which he was involved in Orange, not the armed robbery and fatal shooting of a drug dealer in East Orange. He signed a confession thinking the man assaulted in Orange had died. Law enforcement failed to follow the discrepancies and the Essex County Prosecutor office lost DNA that might have exonerated him.

During his time in prison, a network of supporters grew around Spruell; one benefactor footed the bill for an independent probe of the drug dealer murder. "Nothing in the investigation pointed toward Quincy but toward a member of a drug gang, now deceased," Aron said.

John Farmer Jr., the former attorney general and now dean of Rutgers Law School, is one of Spruell supporters. "There was substantial doubt," Farmer said. While in prison, Spruell earned a GED and took college courses. "He tried to better himself, and he acknowledged the harm he did commit, without bitterness," The Walking Dead recapFarmer said.

Spruell will be released to supervised parole in New Jersey for the rest of his 30-year sentence. Supporters are Doctor Who charactershelping him find temporary work. Eventually, he be transferred to Baltimore, where he has family waiting for him, for the rest of his parole.


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