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The Shackles That Remain

Hypnosis helped send Fred Clay to prison almost 40 years ago when police used the now-discredited technique to sharpen the fuzzy memory of a witness in Clay’s trial for the murder of a taxi driver. That conviction was thrown out by a superior court judge in Boston, freeing Clay after 38 years behind bars.

Even though Massachusetts law calls for immediate services and monetary compensation for wrongly convicted men and women, Clay’s newly-won freedom quickly turned into a struggle for basic survival without any support from the state that wrongfully convicted him.

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