13 OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE OF INNOCENCE DNA EVIDENCE DNA analysis categorically excludes Williams, Dick, Tice, and Wilson as contributors to the DNA found at the crime scene. DNA of only one man Omar Ballard was found in three different locations at the crime scene. CRIME SCENE EVIDENCE Crime scene is consistent with only one assailant. The victim s apartment was in pristine condition, and there were no signs of forced entry or gang rape and murder. The victim s wounds are consistent with only one assailant. No physical evidence links any of the Norfolk Four to the crime. Omar Ballard, a friend of the victim and the only DNA match, has said repeatedly that he committed this crime alone. NEWLY-DISCOVERY ALIBI WITNESS Senior Chief Michael Ziegler, a highly-decorated twenty-four year veteran of the U.S. Navy who served as Joseph Dick s immediate supervisor in 1997, has sworn under oath that he is absolutely certain that Joe was on duty aboard a naval vessel on the night of the murder, and therefore, could not have participated in the crime. FALSE CONFESSIONS The confessions of the Norfolk Four are demonstrably false and are further evidence of their innocence. The confessions are internally inconsistent, inconsistent with each other, and inconsistent with the crime scene. The confessions were made after lengthy interrogations during which the men repeatedly asserted their innocence but succumbed to psychologically coercive interrogation tactics.
49 THE NORFOLK FOUR Danial Williams Joseph J. Dick, Jr. Derek E. Tice Eric C. Wilson Raised in Owosso, Michigan Raised in Baltimore, Maryland Raised in Clayton, North Carolina Raised in south Texas No criminal history No criminal history No criminal history No criminal history As a kid, had a paper route and served as a Boy Scout Altar boy, church volunteer, and Boy Scout through high school Served as Boy Scout for several years; played in high school band Eagle Scout, and active in family s church Served four years in U.S. Navy, reenlisted, and planned to make a career in the Navy Always desired to serve his country and pursued goal by enlisting in U.S. Navy; son of an Served in U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Navy; son of a Navy veteran Military service was important to him; joined U.S. Navy immediately after high school Happily married to Nicole Williams, who had cancer and passed away shortly after Danial was wrongfully accused of the crime Army veteran Mental and social skills lagged significantly behind his peers, but tried hard to overcome his limitations Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician; planned to be a nurse Released from prison in 2006 after serving eight-and-a-half years for rape
50 Statement of the Parents of The Norfolk Four Our sons were taken from us a decade ago. Dan in July 1997, Joe in January 1998, and Derek in June Eric Wilson was also taken from his parents in March They have spent the best years of their lives locked away in maximum security prisons for a crime they did not commit. Our boys were not involved in any way in the terrible assault and murder of Michelle Moore- Bosko. Her family remains in our prayers. Omar Ballard committed this crime alone. We know that the evidence overwhelmingly confirms his guilt and our sons' innocence. We are grateful to the distinguished Virginia statesmen who have joined our request to Governor Timothy M. Kaine and who urge the Governor to pardon our boys. We sincerely thank them for the time they have taken to study all the facts of the case and for their advocacy on our sons' behalf. We again urge Governor Kaine to pardon our sons. They are wrongly convicted and they, and our families, have been deeply wounded by their convictions and incarcerations. Our boys want to rejoin society, and to again become the productive, caring citizens that they were when they were arrested. We are committed to assisting them in every way. From the bottom of our hearts, we beg Governor Kaine to act, and to act favorably in the near future. Respectfully, Joe and Patricia Dick Larry and Rachel Tice Norman and Rhea Williams Dated: January 11, 2008
51 PRESS CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS The Norfolk Four A Case of Innocence The following are biographical sketches of today s press conference participants. For additional background material or contact information, please contact Laura Burstein at (202) Additional information is available at Richard Cullen is a prominent Virginia lawyer and chairman of McGuireWoods, an international law firm with its largest office in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Cullen has twice answered the call of public service, and returned to McGuireWoods after each tour of service. In 1991, he was appointed United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia by President Herbert Walker Bush (Rep.). In 1997, Governor George Allen (Rep.) appointed Mr. Cullen Attorney General of Virginia. He also served on the Bush-Cheney transition advisory committee for the U.S. Department of Justice. E. Tazewell Ellett is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan & Hartson LLP, an international law firm. Mr. Ellett has a long history of public service. He is a Past President of The Virginia Bar Association, and has also served as Chairman of the Transportation Section of both The Virginia Bar Association and The Federal Bar Association. In 1984, Mr. Ellett joined the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration as Special Counsel to the Administrator. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan (Rep.) appointed Mr. Ellett Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Ellett is also the Vice President of the Christ Church Alexandria Foundation. Anthony F. Troy is a prominent Virginia lawyer and partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of Troutman Sanders, an international law firm. He is a fellow of The Virginia Law Foundation, and has served as a faculty member for The Virginia State Bar. In 1977, the General Assembly elected Mr. Troy Attorney General of Virginia. James Trainum has 24 years of law enforcement experience, including 22 years as a Detective for the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and cross-training as a Crime Scene Technician. For the past eight years, Det. Trainum has been the head of the MPD Violent Crimes Case Review Project. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in hundreds of homicide investigations.
52 Attorneys for the Norfolk Four Melissa N. Henke is an associate with the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan & Hartson LLP, an international law firm. She practices full-time in the firm s Community Services Department, a practice group established more than 30 years ago and now widely recognized as one of the premier pro bono programs in the country. Ms. Henke handles pro bono matters on a variety of topics including civil rights, wrongful convictions, and immigration. She also oversees important local, national, and international pro bono matters on behalf of the firm. George H. Kendall is a Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight, LLP, an international law firm. He is based in the New York office. Mr. Kendall devotes all of his time to pro bono matters. He is a senior attorney assigned to the firm s Community Service Team, a group of attorneys who focus exclusively upon pro bono matters. His practice focuses largely upon civil rights and criminal justice matters. He is an experienced trial, appellate and post-conviction attorney. Donald P. Salzman is the pro bono counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, an international law firm. He is currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and is the Legal Director of the Innocence Commission for Virginia. Before he joined Skadden in 2002, Mr. Salzman was an assistant public defender for nearly 15 years in the Office of the Public Defender for Montgomery County, Maryland. He is an experienced criminal defense lawyer and has taught as a visiting professor in the Georgetown University Law School Criminal Justice Clinic and at numerous trainings offered by the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. While at the Office of the Public Defender, Mr. Salzman started a novel pro bono representation partnership project, involving a collaboration between the Office of the Public Defender, Skadden, and other prominent Washington, D.C. law firms. 2