A Michigan man jailed for thirty-seven years for a crime he didn't commit was freed last month after a shocking new development in the case.

Now, he has spoken out for the first time since being released, and he had a lot to say...

Innocent until proven guilty...

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But despite this famous phrase, things don't always work out properly in the eyes of the law.

If the jury believes that a person is guilty...

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That person will be sentenced and they will serve time behind bars.

But what about if this person is actually innocent of the crime?

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Tragically, people have actually served real prison sentences in the past after being wrongfully convicted of the wrong crime.

One of these people is Walter Forbes.

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Forbes served a whopping thirty-seven years in jail for a crime he didn't commit.

Forbes was arrested after breaking up a bar fight in 1982.

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Later, one of the participants died in a fire which was ruled as arson.

Forbes was convicted on the basis of eye-witnesses alone...

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And there wasn't any hard evidence to suggest that the man had committed the crimes.

The prosecution hinged on the witness testimony of Annice Kennebrew.

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She claimed to have seen Forbes at the scene of the crime, which led to his conviction for arson and murder.

But in 2017, Kennebrew made a shocking revelation.

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That she'd never seen Forbes at the scene of the crime at all.

She'd lied on the stand.

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She admits to having "falsely implicated Mr. Forbes because she had been intimidated into doing so by two local men who knew her from around the neighborhood and who had threatened to harm her and her family if she did not implicate Mr. Forbes," claims the Detroit Free Press.

Forbes has since been exonerated and released from prison.

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But the injustice will not be forgotten ...

And now Forbes has spoken out.

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"Even though it took forever, I'm still grateful she did the right thing, that she did finally tell the truth," he said.

"Calling it the justice system gives a false impression. Just using the term ‘justice’ gives you the sense that it is a just system."

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"I couldn’t believe it was happening. One of the things I had faith in was that the truth was going to come out, that there was no way they were going to convict me for those lies."

"Up until I was convicted, I thought the system would work, that it would correct itself. In hindsight, I was naive."

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Forbes’ lawyer, Imran Syed said, "We want people who lied to come forward. The community as a whole is harmed if lies remain hidden forever." For more crime, scroll on for one mom who was forced to take the law into her own hands ...