Wrongly Imprisoned Man Focused On His Faith

By Scott Sams, CBS 11 News

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Sometimes, a book is released at just the right time, and that is what happened with “Tested,” the story of 12 men who were wrongly convicted and imprisoned. The ordeal proved to be a test of faith for these men, and others are now finding inspiration in their stories.

One of the 12 men featured in the book is Christopher Scott. He was 27 years old when he went to jail for a murder that he did not commit. “When they gave me that time and found me guilty, that was the worst day of my life,” Scott recalled. “Because you know you didn’t do it. To have people that just want to prosecute you.”

Taken from his family and locked up with criminals, Scott turned to his faith day after day, staying focused on hope. “I have to keep my sanity, that is the first thing,” Scott said. “This will play a hard mind game on a lot of individuals that is not strong-minded.”

That lasted for 12 years.

Scott was angry at first. But over time, his attitude had changed. “There is a time in your life that you have to move forward, because anger destroys people, and you don’t want that to destroy,” Scott said. “You don’t want to have to walk around being bitter, being mad, being angry at the world.”

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Innocence Network convinced the Dallas County District Attorney to re-examine Scott’s case. He was then exonerated in October 2009. “That morning, I got up and I got down on my knees and I prayed, thanking God,” Scott said, recalling that day. “God, thank you for giving me this opportunity and life again, because without you, what would I have? I wouldn’t of had the faith. I wouldn’t of had the hope or the belief that today was actually going to come.”

“I knew there was a God, and God was real, and he worked a miracle through me,” Scott said.

Now, Scott and the others who were wrongly imprisoned speak to groups who are looking for inspiration, and even a reprieve from their own troubles. “I know times are hard — the recession is in, the economy is bad — but when you look at individuals like me, you’ll get hope. You’ll get the faith that you need, that you can survive through anything.”

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  • callen

    There would be a lot more due diligence in the court room if judges and prosecutors were made to suffer the same consequence as their wrongfully convicted victims. It should be the law.

    • 2sister

      NO, it shouldn’t be the law. They shouldn’t get in trouble unless they knowingly mislead or didn’t follow proper procedures. Some of these people were convicted on the best testimony and technology that was available at the time. I’m not saying it was right that they were convicted. In fact it is sad. Again, if judges and prosecutors, knowingly lie, misrepresent fact, or don’t follow proper procedures, they should have severe consequences. If they did their job correctly based on the facts that were known and the available technology, that’ a different thing completely.

      • myob

        YES, it should be the law. They should get in trouble and be held accountable just like anybody else.

      • callen

        2sister, I respect your opion but I have to disagree with you. I vividly remember at my high school government class, a retired judge came to give a lecture one day. He said that it is better to let a thousand guilty men go free than to hang one innocent man. He also said that the jury got it right only about half the time. The outcome of each trial is based on who presents what. The judge and prosecutor have that hammer. Too often, at least in Texas, the judge is lazy and the prosecutor is only worried about putting ANYONE away, whether they are guilty or not. They do this by suppressing evidence and steering the jury away from the truth. Sad, but that is the way it is.

  • 2sister

    Oops. I didn’t me to completely capitalize the word no.

  • Virgil Smith

    I also have a story of faith.

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