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View. At the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati Ohio on June 8 2006 joined Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on stage is now retired due to Alzheimer's disease He resides in Madison Mississippi. "fingers" (born June 3 1951) is an American harmonica player best known for his work with Jimmy Buffett.[1] Career[edit] was born in Wichita Kansas United States where he attended Wichita North High School. Over the years Buffett has recorded a couple of 's songs "Big Rig" was included on Buffett's 1976 album Havana Daydreamin' and and Buffett co-wrote "Miss You So Badly" included on Buffett's 1977 album Changes in Latitudes Changes in Attitudes Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band also included "Dixie Diner" originally recorded by Larry Raspberry and The Highsteppers on Buffett's 1978 live album You Had to Be There Buffett and also teamed up on "Some White People (Can Dance)," a staple of 's repertoire The song was included on 's 1989 album. The production “In Pursuit of Justice: How Criminal Justice Reform in N.C d ” was screened Wednesday night during The News & Observer’s second Community Voices forum with ABC11 The film includes interviews with and his relatives Mumma and others from before his exoneration along with footage from ’s trial. “We have this evidence that the system is not working that we are not providing access to the information we need to save lives like this,” she said Mumma encouraged the audience to reach out to their government representatives in support of Senate Bill 665 which concerns the reliability of jailhouse inforts and Senate Bill 667 which clarifies the responsibilities of the Innocence Commission. Our journalism takes a lot of time effort and hard work to produce If you read and enjoy our journalism please consider subscribing today SUBSCRIBE TODAY function enableSubmitBtn(){ SubmitBtn(); } jQuery(document).ready(function () { (true); }); Listen in speak out at a new N&O forum on issues “Everybody who is in this room is basically a summation of their past and having an abnormal past I mean I probably won’t have a normal present,” said “The idea though that somebody can just step out of prison after going through what they went through all those years and just pick up in society kind of like where they left off is beyond possibility I realized early on in my incarceration that the person that walked into prison if he ever walked out would never be the same person.” Was embraced by three former felons whose convictions had been overturned by North Carolina courts One wore a T-shirt that read: " " "This is not just about innocent people," told them "It's about injustice." hugged Yolanda Littlejohn the slain prostitute's sister Littlejohn has said was innocent and had helped with his defense She visited him in prison to tell him she believed in him "This is a person who lost a member of her family," said "How y people could look at this case objectively and think they might have the wrong person?" He paused and added: "I don't think I could've done that." no@ Moments later Wake County Dist Atty Colon Willoughby who had fought to keep in prison on a life sentence also shook the d 's hand "I told him I was very sorry he was convicted," Willoughby said "I said I wished we'd had all this testimony in 1991." Joseph B Cheshire V one of 's lawyers said of the panel's verdict: "This is really a historic day." He urged other states to establish innocence commissions. Ap 10:54 AM

Has released five studio albums: Harpoon (1984) Chest Pains (1991) New Fingerprints (1992) Old Rock 'n' Roller (1996) and Hi Fi Baby (2003) He has also released two compilation albums: Greatest Hits (1998) and Back to. In 1993 was convicted of the murder of a wo whose body was found about 100 yards from where ’s SUV got stuck near downtown Raleigh Prosecutors cited evidence tested by the State Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab to claim that the victim’s blood was found inside the wheel well of ’s vehicle A post-conviction review revealed lab notes from the time of ’s trial that indicated the substance found on the vehicle was not hu blood The center also found that key evidence had been kept from defense attorneys at the trial The commission a state agency established in 2006 to investigate and evaluate post-conviction claims of innocence considered evidence in ’s case and declared him innocent. During Wednesday night’s forum Mumma said that ’s case highlights the need for greater transparency in the process and the need for further improvements Because of state laws defense attorneys do not have access to certain files and evidence rooms. After the screening Mumma and dy Locke The N&O staff writer who reported on the case took questions from the audience said coming to grips with with the exoneration after 17 years in prison and the aftermath of adjusting to life on the outside involved working through the five stages of grief: denial anger bargaining depression and acceptance. 's case was only the second to reach the three-judge panel which is appointed by the chief justice of the state Supreme Court The first case in 2008 was unsuccessful The commission has reviewed 634 cases but only three have received a full hearing by the body's commissioners The commission was formed after a state legal advisory body concluded that the appeals process for wrongful conviction claims was "delayed lengthy costly and damaging to the public's confidence in its justice system." The commission is charged with providing an independent fact-finding forum for credible claims of innocence "This case is going to be taught in legal history textbooks," said Kendra Montgomery-Blinn the commission's executive director Tom Ford the lead prosecutor at 's 1993 trial shook 's hand moments after the verdict and said he was sorry "I understand Mr Ford," said quietly. And Buffett met in 1970 when was a student at The University of Southern Mississippi Soon after the two met joined Larry Raspberry and The Highsteppers In 1974 Buffett called to ask him to join the first official Coral Reefer Band continued to play in the band until 's nickname "Fingers" was given to him in 1969 by John "Johnny Rock" Buffaloe (so nicknamed by ) during their time in The Buttermilk Blues Band in Jackson Mississippi At the time played keyboards for the band hence the nickname "Fingers." began playing harmonica during his time in. By Madison Iszlermiszler@ Seven years ago was d from prison after a wrongful murder conviction He was the first to be declared innocent of murder in North Carolina Had it not been for the efforts of a determined lawyer Chris Mumma of the N.C Center on Actual Innocence might have lived out his days in prison The center and later the N.C Innocence Inquiry Commission took up his case which became the subject of a 90-minute film by Winston-Salem filmmaker g Jamback

As of 2006[update] was regularly touring with singer-songwriter K.D Moore and has done some shows with the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Jim Asbell; and also toured in 2007 with singer-songwriter Hugo Duarte from North Carolina is featured on K.D Moore's 2004 live album Live At The Tin Goose Saloon Moore's 2006 studio album Kickin' It Island Style and was a guest artist on Asbell's 2007 studio release Tropiholics. The events are and open to the public who are encouraged to register for the May 24 forum at /communityvoices Madison Iszler: 919-836-4952; miszler@ Reporting from Raleigh N.C — Seventeen years ago ory Flynt was a crack cocaine abuser convicted of killing a prostitute during a late-night prowl for drugs On Wednesday was a the first convicted felon in U.S history to be exonerated by a state-dated innocence commission A three-judge panel unanimously ruled that 47 had been wrongly convicted in 1993 of murdering Jacquetta Thomas The judges heard six days of testimony under a 2006 state law that created the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission to investigate claims of innocence by convicted felons The commission which has subpoena power is the only such agency in the country although other states are considering similar bodies The commission was established after several felons in the state were exonerated following lengthy court appeals. Dressed in a black suit struggled to hold back tears as family members and supporters erupted in cheers after the panel announced its decision A sheriff's deputy removed leg shackles and his narrow face flushed embraced his lawyers and parents "This is unbelievable," shouted as supporters mobbed him inside a law school courtroom "Six thousand one hundred and forty-nine days -- and finally the truth has prevailed." A jury convicted after prosecutors said blood was found on the SUV he was driving the night Thomas was beaten to death in Raleigh in 1991 But testimony at the commission hearing last week revealed that a follow-up test -- showing that no blood was on the vehicle -- was never passed on to the court The hearing also exposed flaws in the state's case involving eyewitness testimony and allegations by a jailhouse snitch who implicated in the killing.

The Community Voices series kicked off last month with a panel discussion on whether the Jan 21 Women’s March will have any long-lasting effects The next event in the series on May 24 will consider how differences in values and politics are causing rifts to form between Americans It also will explore how people can learn to better listen to each other Women’s March organizers tell The N&O Community Voices audience what’s next