Doing time, even if we’re innocent

Another must-read from Tim Miller this week:

Last week I received a letter from a man named Tony Egbuna Ford.  Tony wrote, “I am on Texas Death Row, and I have been doing Ashtanga Yoga for well over a year.  I am pretty proficient with the Primary series and have no problem doing any of the sequences with vinyasa.  However, I’m ‘stuck’ as I wish to find literature not only so that I can enrich myself with Ashtanga Yoga knowledge, but also so that I can begin to practice Intermediate series onto the Advanced.  Here on death row there is a ‘yoga movement’!  And now, since people have been seeing me do Ashtanga Yoga, especially the vinyasa sequences, people have been inspired to take up the Ashtanga Yoga path!”  I was blown away by Tony’s letter and mailed him a copy of Gregor Maehle’s book on the Intermediate Series the next day.

Here’s where it gets really interesting:

Tony was convicted of murder on the basis of these “eye witness” accounts and sentenced to the death penalty.  No physical evidence linked Tony to the crime and bullets consistent with those used in the crime were found at the Belton’s house.  Victor Belton’s clothing, which was seized at the time of his arrest, had numerous bloodstains on it, but was never tested.  According to the court reporter, during Tony’s trial the prosecuting attorney asked the Murillo’s, who were seeing Tony in person for the first time, if he was, indeed, the shooter.  They looked at each other, shrugged, and said “maybe.”

Find out what Tony’s accomplished during 20-plus years in prison by clicking on the link above. And don’t forget about Robbie Norris’ great work in the Richmond City Jail.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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