alt text: Florida: Smiling man in striped shirt raises forefinger in air as man in suit has arm around shoulder. Both are graying with beard and mustache.
Clifford Williams (left) and Nathan Myers leave the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla., after being exonerated. Photo: Innocence Project of Florida

By Claire Goforth

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Two grey-haired men listened silently in Courtroom 505 of the Duval County Courthouse on March 28 as Judge Angela M. Cox uttered the words that they’d waited the better part of 50 years to hear: “The indictments against you have been dismissed and you are free to go.”

After spending more than 42 years in prison for murder and attempted murder, with that pronouncement Nathan Myers and Clifford Williams took their place in Florida history as the first people to be exonerated by a prosecutor-led effort.


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