What Does an Innocent Man Have to Do to Go Free? Plead Guilty

On Oct. 15, 2008, James Owens shuffled, head high despite his shackles, into a Baltimore courtroom, eager for his new trial to begin. Two decades into a life sentence, he would finally have his chance to prove what he’d been saying all along: The state had the wrong man. Owens had been convicted of murdering a…