Welcome to the website of BonPasse Exoneration
Services, a Maine non-profit corporation. We provide investigation, website creation and citizen campaign consulting services to wrongly convicted people in New England. Founded by Morrison Bonpasse in 2008
as a Dispute Resolution firm, the services were expanded in September
2009 when Morrison became a Licensed Private Investigator in Maine and the mission was transformed again in December 2009 to focus exclusively on exoneration services for the wrongfully convicted. It became a non-profit in 2010 and will be seeking 501(c)(3) status in 2013.
For now, the website consists of four sections, with tabs, above:
"Home", "Services and Fees",
"About Wrongful Convictions" and "About
Exoneration". Please click on those tabs for more
Alfred Trenkler/Thomas A. Shay, Massachusetts (Federal Courts) www.alfredtrenklerinnocent.org.
Alfred Trenkler and Tom Shay were convicted in 1993 in Boston Federal District Court of building
and placing the bomb that killed Boston Police Bomb Squad officer Jeremiah Hurley, Jr. and maimed
his partner, Francis Foley. Neither man was involved in the crime.
Chad Evans, New Hampshire www.chadevanswronglyconvicted.org
Chad Evans was convicted in 2001 in New Hampshire of assaulting and murdering Kassidy
Bortner, the 21-month old daughter of his girlfriend, Amanda Bortner. Evans did not murder
Kassidy, and he and Amanda Bortner are innocent.
Gary Howard, New Hampshire.
Gary was convicted in 2000 of assaulting and raping his step-daughter. Gary was drunk and
barely conscious and the sexual contact was initiated by his step-daughter, who has recanted
her statements to the police and her trial testimony.
(Prior to forming BonPasse Exoneration Services, Morrison worked as a volunteer for Dennis Dechaine, of Maine, with website at www.trialanderrordennis.org. He continues to work for Dennis, but not with a formal provider-client relationship.)
Article by Morrison Bonpasse
"Claims of Innocence in 'Last Statements' of Texas inmates since 1982." by Morrison Bonpasse (Draft, Feb 12, 2013) (Please send comments and/or criticisms to Morrison.)
This article (draft) presents the 50 (out of 492 executed inmates) direct claims of innocence as an indicator of the number of innocence claims throughout the justice system.
The source documents and websites cited in the article are linked below:
"Executed Offenders" from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
"Last Statements of 492 Executed Inmates" compiled from "Executed Offenders", above.
" Last Statements of 50 Executed Inmates who claimed Innocence directly " compiled from "Executed Offenders", above.
"Last Statements of 37 Executed Inmates who claimed reduced responsibility" compiled from
"Executed Offenders", above.
"Spreadsheet with classifications of 492 Last Statements (landscape)" compiled from "Executed Offenders", above.
Article by Seth Bader, an inmate at the New Hamsphire State Prison, who claims innocence, and whose conviction was the subject of the book, Legally Dead: A Father and Son Bound by Murder by Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie.
"Some Notes On What Is Wrong With Kevin Flynn's LEGALLY DEAD" by Seth Bader.
(The posting of the article here is not meant to be an endorsement of the facts or views stated therein. Comments about the article should be addressed to the Seth Bader, #71791, New Hampshire State Prison, P.O. Box 14, Concord, NH 03302-0014.)
There are many, many wrongfully convicted people in U.S. prisons and jails. More would be listed here as clients of BonPasse Exoneration Services, but we lack the resources and people to provide assistance. Please contact us about volunteering.
For less than a thousand dollars, a start can be made at presenting the story of a wrongfully convicted person on the Internet. From there, the campaign for exoneration can be waged by volunteers and, if funds are available, employees of BonPasse Exoneration Services. Please send contributions to the above address, or, for PayPal, click the "DONATE" button, below.
After childhood in Duxbury, Massachusetts, Bonpasse was educated
at Phillips Academy, Andover, and Yale University and was trained
as a lawyer at Boston University Law School (JD), a public administrator
at Northeastern University (MPA) and a businessperson at Babson
upon that training as lawyer, Bonpasse became a mediator in 2008
and was a mediator in the Maine Small Claims Courts. He
was licensed as a Maine Private Investigator in 2009 and believes
that information and truth can assist in the resolution of wrongful convictions; and that people are inherently reasonable. This has
been his philosophy in his work for Dennis Dechaine in Maine over the past
six years, and his work on behalf of his current clients. He says,
"When presented with the truth, most people will want to do
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