30 years on Death Row, 1 failed execution, 2 non-matching dna profiles, no lawyer …
How do you prove your innocence when you live on Death Row?
When, even after a grisly failed execution attempt, the court refuses a case review?
When the judge who appointed your defense attorneys won’t let you change them, even though they seem to be working against you?
When ‘I didn’t do it’ doesn’t count as a defence in court?
When you find two dna results in your files, both in your name, only one of which is yours - and the other one matches the crime?
Execution survivor Romell Broom, who has now spent three decades on Ohio’s Death Row, tells his own story: a ‘throwaway’ boy from a disadvantaged background, hastily convicted for a crime he has always protested he didn’t do. Having survived a two-hour execution attempt in 2009 he is still asking, ‘Will anybody listen to the truth?’
"The Romell Broom case is yet another example of why the United States should abolish the death penalty immediately. The inherent flaws of the capital punishment system are again exposed in all their horror as we are left to ponder how many other individuals will have to go through this nightmare." (Rick Halperin, former Chair, Amnesty International USA)
“A horrifying story embracing all the evils of the death penalty. Bad forensics, dodgy dna, awful lawyers, render this a must-read.” (Jon Snow, Channel 4 News, UK)