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Eye On Innocence

Your Partner in Seeking Justice

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you ever need a consultation, a review analysis or assistance in hiring investigators for criminal cases. 

904-207-3462

The occurrence of an innocent man, women, or juvenile being wrongfully convicted and spending years, decades, or the rest of their lives from the moment of conviction in a courtroom is not a new phenomenon.

It is as old as trials and inquisitions themselves.

Here in the United States, with the highest number of incarcerated in the world and the highest known number of wrongful convictions, the questions beg to be asked are “Why?” and “What can we do to eliminate them?”

To the larger question, we will never eliminate the wrongful conviction all together. As long as humans are involved in our process of doling out and determining justice, we will always encounter the human error that comes along with it.

Daniel J. Alden

Founder and President of Eye on Innocence


My Story

Six years ago, I found myself in the middle of a wrongful conviction of a loved one.


I’ve always studied law through books. I never went to law school. I wanted to be a forensic scientist or pathologist as a young man growing up, and through those books, documentaries, and a basic law class in junior high school, my interests grew and my knowledge expanded.


It wasn’t, however, until 2014 that I became involved in fighting a wrongful conviction. The story is too long to put here, but suffice it to say that I was an aid to the accused. I took care of this young defendant—from finding him a lawyer, arranging and attending every client/attorney meeting, hearing, and finally into every aspect of pre-trial, trial, and sentencing.


Yes, in spite of zero evidence, he was convicted of burglary. In reality, everyone agreed no burglary took place, but it’s enough if the DA can convince the jury, that even without evidence, you must have intended to commit burglary; Even if you are in a bed asleep. But I digress.


At the trial I sat, watched, and listened. Everything went against my beliefs. As a United States Marine, I hold the constitution near and dear to my heart, indeed I took several oaths to uphold and defend it!


During this young man’s trial, I saw it get twisted, shredded, and burned. It was my moment of great awakening. I sat in the gallery as the arresting officer changed his story from the arrest report I was holding in my hand. I brought this up and was advised that an arrest report, even though signed is not evidence of anything. Only the deposition of the officer was admissible as evidence.


I was shocked that the report he had written and signed 20 minutes after the arrest was no good, but a deposition taken 2 years after the crime, 2 weeks before trial began and based on his memory of that single arrest among surely hundreds he’d made since then, was acceptable.


Then there came the mysterious photo of a weapon in the jury folder that contradicted even the charges in the case. “Burglary, no weapons, no assault,” the charges read.


Yet somehow a weapon in a photo taken of the exact spot the young man had been sleeping when arrested. It wasn’t admitted into evidence. It wasn’t spoken of at trial. It wasn’t mentioned in the crime scene technician’s photos or report. It wasn’t even mentioned in the arresting officers arrest report. For all intents and purposes, that weapon didn’t exist anywhere except in that file handed to the jurors for deliberation.


The question was nagging me every minute of every day. “Why? Why is it so important for them to hang this 23 year-old young man and send him to prison as they had promised to do?”


I dove into my personal investigation and decided to start with the jurors. More specifically, juror number four, who would also unsurprisingly be elected jury foreman.


Two weeks after the trial, I arranged to have an interview conducted of the jury foreman at the church where he is pastor. I can’t discuss what he said that day because that young man’s case is still not through the process BECAUSE of what he said in that interview.


I submitted the affidavits to his appellate attorney. They filed a motion to bring the foreman in before the judge. Since then, the DA’s office has filed and lost four motions to suppress that from happening, in the name of “sanctity of the jury.”


They lost all the way up to the state court of appeals. Come September, the juror will be questioned on the matter before the judge.


I didn’t stop with the juror. I investigated the judge. At first, he seemed on the up and up. Until I started looking at the prosecution and discovered the names of his son and daughter-in-law on the team. Then I discovered that the young man’s accuser, unbeknownst to me or the accused was also an assistant DA until recently starting a career as a defense attorney.


A close friend of mine began researching his accuser and discovered that the judges son and daughter-in-law were in fact the best friend of his accuser. They lived a couple of houses apart and were traveling partners who would fly around the country to run in marathons together.


The accuser had flown to North Carolina and attended the wedding of the two, and most assuredly, was well known to her best friend’s father, the presiding judge.


Now it all made sense. It was all about cronyism. His accuser wanted the young man convicted, and all her friends were going to help make it happen. Ethics be damned!


It wasn’t over yet. I decided the right course of action was to take what I’d learned from my interview of the jury foreman to the young man’s sentencing hearing and present it to the judge.


Then the games began.


A few days before sentencing, October 22, 2015, I got a call from the young man’s defense attorney requesting me to come to his office. When I arrived and took a seat in his office, he informed me that the prosecutor in charge of the case had asked him to pass on a message to me:


“If you bring your evidence to sentencing, we will come up with additional charges against your friend, and ask for doubly the years in prison that we are currently going to ask the judge to sentence him to. However, if you’ll agree to stay away from the courtroom, we will agree to leave things as they are.”


You wanna talk about someone flipping their lid? Because I did. I was enraged that they’d have the gall to attempt to blackmail me by holding his sentence over MY head! I asked his lawyer if he couldn’t see what was wrong with the bullshit at hand.


He explained that yes, he did. Nevertheless, his concern had to be his client, and he implored me to avoid coming to the sentencing hearing. I knew I had them! I knew it, and his only chance was going to be swept under the rug.


I regained my composure and asked him what the young man thought I should do. He told me that he was also afraid of the risk and wished me to keep my information under my hat. So that is what I did.


Almost 6 years later, that affidavit and that recorded interview are the things keeping the felony conviction from being written in stone. The young man and I are no longer in contact. He was released, and is living somewhere in my city. Only rarely do we happen to speak or message each other, but I’m committed to finishing what I’ve started.


I’m at every hearing even though his appearance is waived. I’ve made the 4 hour drive to be at oral arguments over that interview in the capital with my good friend, Michael, even though the young man didn’t go. I still get updates from his attorneys and find a way to pass it on to him, so he understands where his case is at.


From there I turned to deeper research. I wanted to know just how prevalent a problem is wrongful convictions, which led me to the book “Blind Injustice“ by former Federal Prosecutor Mark Godsey, who is a now co-founder of the Ohio Innocence Project.


It turned out to be a book that I couldn’t put down until I’d finished it. Everything I still believed was maybe a bit too crazy to believe true of prosecutors, witnesses, and law enforcement, was all validated between the covers of that book in chapter after revealing chapter.


I’ve lost count of how many copies I’ve purchased and given to defense attorneys, friends, even a copy anonymously sent to the DA’s office!


As time went on, I know I’ve done everything I can for him, other than stand as a witness during the jury foreman’s appearance before the judge scheduled for September, although it’s been mentioned that the prosecutor may be willing to drop the felony charge in order to avoid that whole scenario.


I yearned to do more. To help more. To reach out to those who need it. To assist in any way I can.


That’s why I started this non-profit. I want to help. I handle different cases—a murder case; a self-defense case, in which the defendant is fighting it being overcharged as murder; an armed robbery case; and a 30-year old assault case.


Up to now, I’ve been doing everything I do at my own expense. At one point, I even let my house go and began renting a room from a very good friend so that I could continue my work.


I worked 33 hours of overtime every week for a few years, but it’s taken its toll. So I started this non-profit because I’d rather spend those 33 extra hours each week helping the wrongfully convicted get relief in any way they can.


I don’t want to stop. I don’t think I even CAN stop, but I need your help to keep going. I need your help to be able to hire those I need to make what I’m doing a success! Not a success for me, but a success for them, the wrongfully convicted.



Michael ​Goldrick


Director of Mission Development

Michael is a retired Catholic high school principal, teacher and coach who has been an advocate for restorative justice and for the wrongfully convicted for many years. He has served as the Director of Mission Development for Eye On Innocence since its inception. Michael is also an advocate for members of the LGBT community, whose members are particularly vulnerable to the flaws in the criminal justice system. In addition, Michael has, over the past twenty years, provided workshops for university fraternities and sororities throughout the United States. His ¨Yearning for Intimacy¨ workshop is a sexual assault prevention program for men. Originally from New York, NY he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY and did graduate studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the University of Miami. Michael lives with his wife, daughter and grandson in Jacksonville, Florida.

Kimberly Cintron


Marketing Coordinator

Kimberly is a Marketing and Website Coordinator, Visual Arts Teacher and has been and advocate for underprivileged children for years. Upon completion of her Bachelors degree in Marketing from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, Kimberly found herself helping a struggling arts school in Newark. It was there where she came to the realization of just how our current justice system affects not only the people in prison but their children and the communities they were apart of. Since then, Kimberly has had a heart to inspire and improve such communities with the use of her own artistic talents as well as advocating for the LGBT community and the wrongfully convicted. 

Your helpful donations will go towards purchasing supplies needed to put a case on paper.

To hire investigators to go talk to witnesses who suddenly remembered a helpful detail after the verdict has been handed down. 

To search out those who may have more information or evidence.

To employ attorneys where needed.

To compile research.

To cover the expenses of things like paying for the costs of autopsy photos, reports and transcripts, and so much more!

Won’t you please give today? Help us help them. Thank you from everyone at eye on innocence, and thank you from those who need people like you, to assist people like us, to help people in their situations.”

Our Team

Daniel J. Alden,

 Founder and President


Michael Goldrick

Director of Mission Development

Kimberly Cintron

Marketing Coordinator

Taylor Alden

Treasurer

Deborah Busch

Office Manager

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