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On Tuesday September 24th at 6pm I attended the Price Of Being Wrong located in room 225 in the student center The primary speaker of this event was Fernando Bermudez who wanted to share his story with us of how he got arrested and spent 18 long years in jail innocent Fernando was arrested in Washington heights in 1991 for the murder of teenager Raymond Blout After ten hours of interrogation witnesses were brought in to look at a police lineup The witnesses described the gunman as light skinned Hispanic 5ft 11in and a 165 pounds This didnt match Fernando at all who was nearly 6ft 1in tall and 205 pounds Even though officers knew this they put him in the police lineup for witnesses to judge by face The suspects were told to sit down so this would remove the effect of their height and weight and just focus on their face The witnesses were allowed to discuss together whom the killer was and were pressured to say Fernando Bermudez by the police in exchange to remove past charges The police had their eyes set on Fernando and arrested him for the murder of Raymond Blout Fernando was sent to Rikers Island until his court date the following year When court came the witnesses told the judge they lied about their statements and Fernando was not the killer The judge did not listen to them and sentenced him to life in prison He ended up with a cellmate in a 6x9 cell who was a member of Al Qaeda These were unfair living conditions for someone who was falsely convicted of a crime He had to fight of gangs and deal with people jumping him just to take his food or soap Fernando decided to educate himself while in prison by writing and reading books Years later he used this to his advantage and wrote letters to the public to get media coverage and
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