She freed her brother of a wrongful conviction and now is dedicated to innocence work

Janis Puracal was a civil litigator prior to helping free her brother Jason Puracal of a wrongful conviction in Nicaragua. Janis now works on other innocence cases with The Forensic Justice Project.
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Transcript for She freed her brother of a wrongful conviction and now is dedicated to innocence work
I came to this wrongful conviction tape work because my older brother Jason. Was wrongfully convicted and that her arrival. On November 11 2010 I was sitting in my real estate office when. Ten that fifteen guys and full black Kevlar masks. Assault rifles came storming and found out they were police. And they didn't have. Are warned to or. Wouldn't tell me why they're there and they just told me at gunpoint for several hours we. I learned that he had been arrested. And I immediately dropped everything and flute in Europe Latin. To try and find him and I thought that it was going to be as simple as having a conversation with the prosecutor in Nicaragua and that I would take my brother home. I had no idea that it would turn into two year nightmare. Anderson Cooper recovered Jason's case for cal of the young Americans charged with drug trafficking convicted and sent to Nicaragua notorious elements that would prevent. That the judicial system and she offers. During this entire time getting to trial Jan S was mobilizing. An army really experts. And that we're all fighting on my behalf. Ultimately we partnered way human rights attorneys. And investigators. He lobbied on Capitol Hill. We filed international lawsuits. And we put together and really just a community. Ask for it around getting Jason out of prison. During trial they never presented any evidence that were linked to the the charters against me I was thinking that it's just a case of mistaken identity and once they figure out why am. The let me go. Jason was charged with international drug trafficking money laundering and organized crime there was no drugs. No illegal money and no organization time. And he was exonerated 2000 up we never learned why Jason was charged. Janice was able to mobilize my team. And get me out of the country safely. Jason's case winds probably the worst two years of my life. In ways and emotional roller coaster the entire time eyewitness surprised. During my brother's case to find out how many people across the country are actually roughly connect. Yeah I remember talking and has things. After she recently exonerated. And telling hand. I wanted to do this for a complete strangers. And he said. How much do it. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about this suffering that he went through in the prison. And what it was like for hand to be away from asking him to every single day I'm reminded. I have widely to this work and how important it is. That I take my job cities.

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