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Falsely Imprisoned

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Falsely Imprisoned

James Bain imprisoned in jail for a crime he did not commit
Proclaiming his innocence that took a long 35 years to acquit
Accused of raping a nine year old boy, when he was just nineteen 
That his young life would be stolen from him was devastatingly unforeseen
All because he fit the description, a case of mistaken identity
Now facing years of hardships, gone the days of relaxed serenity
The mental anguish he must have endured, one can not conceive
Yet, he's not angry or bitter, angst most of us could not perceive
Four motions were denied for DNA testing on his case
The fifth proved his innocence and became his saving grace
Released when he was 54, with a smile that doesn't leave his face
He says: "it's because I got God", his devout faith he does embrace
Now positive and happy, he is an inspiration to all mankind
To fight and not to give up hope when dealt cards justly unkind.


Sponsor ~ Black Eyed Susan
Contest Name	~ Wrongful Imprisonment or Sentenced

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  1. Date: 7/2/2014 11:14:00 PM
    so many awkward emotions accompany these tricky situations. I can only question the judicial system. Good for this gentleman to have such a good perspective on things. I did a ghostwriting for a guy in California who was wrongly imprisoned for murder. It was a heart wrenching experience for me. ANd I did ZERO TIME. I can't imagine what these souls go through. SOOO MUCH is loaded into these scenarios. ThNX FOR THE ENLIGHTENMENT! ~ jsl

  1. Date: 8/16/2013 3:23:00 PM
    A travesty...rectified...at great cost. Take heart JB.

  1. Date: 1/15/2013 5:25:00 PM
    Very well written,,,,, I do believe I seen this on the news last year ? I know there has been a few like this " wrongly accused" Thank you for reading my touch of skin ;}

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 9:37:00 PM
    This is a sad tale indeed. Definately speaks to his character that he can be so positive under these awful circumstances. I don't know much about this case, at least not until reading your poem.

  1. Date: 11/15/2012 2:53:00 PM
    Great use of the couplet form so skilled the rhyme is almost unseen! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/14/2012 5:57:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in Susan's "Wrongful Imprisonment" contest Cecilia. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 1:36:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win my dear Cecilia! hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 6:53:00 PM
    How very sad. Almost half of a life gone. Such agony. congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 10:33:00 AM
    Good morning, Cecilia :-) Congratulations in Susan's "Wrongful Imprisonment or Sentenced " contest, deep subject... always~ PD

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 10:31:00 AM
    way to go, Cecilia. A well deserved win and congratulations.

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 7:06:00 PM
    MANY CONGRATS CECILIA ON A FASCINATING WRITE AND WIN LUV ..

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 11:02:00 AM
    ell done , congratulations...Seren

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 7:03:00 PM
    Great poem - heartbreaking story. Unfortanutely, not the only one that can fit the theme of this contest. Good rhyme and flow through and through without losing focus of the story.

  1. Date: 10/23/2012 11:01:00 AM
    A very good poem. Hope this poem is a winner.

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 12:07:00 AM
    a very good poem of a man of inspiration.. good luck in the contest..

  1. Date: 10/20/2012 6:51:00 AM
    Truly sad and very touching story of false imprisonment of that person. Amazing how he manages to stay so positive. Well penned a write Cecilia. good luck to you.

  1. Date: 10/19/2012 10:43:00 PM
    I think I read about this case, Cecilia. I too wondered how he could be so not bitter at the injustice of it all. Thirty five years is a big chunk out of his life. You presented his case very well and good luck in the contest. Thank you for your kind comments. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/19/2012 7:26:00 PM
    I am glad he was able to survive those many years,,,,nicely penned Cecellia

  1. Date: 10/19/2012 12:54:00 PM
    I don't have any idea about James Bain but you completely gave all the information in your awesome poem my dear friend. It's well-written and rhymed well. A winner for sure. Thank you so much for stopping by and your wonderful congratulatory comments on my win. Good luck always! love, leonora

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 2:09:00 PM
    Very well written Cecilia! James certainly is of strong character.

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