All of this led me to look into his case, and to link up with Jim McCloskey, a crusader for the wrongly convicted who had been examining the weaknesses in Ryder's prosecution point by point.
In Philadelphia it was very hard to get the prosecutor's office to admit to error and to get the courts to overturn a verdict. This story was not the first to be written about Ryder - I followed a trail of good reporters who had questioned the verdict over the years - but this was the first in a series that actually led to his freedom.
Helping to get some justice for Ryder was the most gratifying thing I was able to do as a reporter.
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