This Saturday's edition of CBS News "48 Hours" will revisit the wrongful conviction and exoneration of Anthony Graves. A preview of this updated telling of "Grave Injustice," is available from CBS News. The program is scheduled to air at 10:00 pm (EDT), 9:00 pm (CDT); check local listings for your CBS affilliate.
You can also view CBS News' press release, announcing the program.
“If it hadn't been for 48 Hours Mystery, I don't think I would be getting my compensation,” said Anthony Graves following the announcement that he would be awarded restitution after nearly 20 years of wrongful incarceration.
On April 23, 2011, 48 HOURS MYSTERY correspondent Richard Schlesinger reported the story, “Grave Injustice,” of Anthony Graves, a Texas man who walked free in October 2010 when it was proven that he had been wrongfully convicted in 1994 on six counts of capital murder. Formerly known as Inmate #999127, Graves was on death row when a group of journalism students from the University of St. Thomas in Houston began looking at his case. After four years of investigating, they uncovered the truth: Anthony Graves was an innocent man.
Despite gaining his freedom and good name back, Graves did not receive complete justice. According to a 2009 Texas law, those exonerated can receive $80,000 for every year they were imprisoned; however, because two words – “actual innocence” – were missing from Graves’ prison release papers, Texas refused to compensate him.
“They (48 HOURS MYSTERY) laid out my case for the whole world to see and as a result it made Texas do the right thing. I owe it all to 48 Hours, for first taking an interest in my case, seeing the injustice for what it was, and then showing the rest of the world,” said Graves.
Earlier coverage of Anthony Graves' wrongful conviction and exoneration begins at the link. All coverage is in the Anthony Graves index. Additional coverage of Texas compensation for those wrongfully incarcerated is also available.