CJ Ford PI in the news...
I am asked from time to time why I specialize in criminal related and constitutional rights related cases. Over the years I have seen people wrongfully accused and convicted of crimes they did not commit. I have seen prosecutors make a name for themselves by intentionally targeting and convicting innocent people to advance their careers. People do not pay attention to these issues until they become a part of an unjust system, and find that their constitutional rights are ignored and neglected. It was a very pivotal point in my career when I found myself being victimized by the same unfair and unjust system. It started me on a quest to make a difference.
- CJ Ford Jr.
Below are three episodes from the ReasonTV program that spotlighted the incredible case CJ FORD PI worked tirelessly on for over 10 years, resulting in the release of an innocent man who was wrongly convicted of murder and on death row for almost 30 years. **WARNING - These videos contain graphic images that some may find disturbing**
ReasonTV: Episode 1
The beginning of the Kenneth Clair story...
ReasonTV: Episode 2
When prosecutors withhold information, innocent people go to prison.... or worse!
ReasonTV: Episode 3
Kenneth Clair speaks out in a live "Jail Interview" from Orange County Theo Lacy Jail.
Exonerate Kenneth Clair:
DNA Evidence Points To Someone Else
On November 15, 1984, 5-year-old Jerrod Hessling witnessed the beating, rape, and stabbing death of his babysitter. When asked to describe the killer, he said, without hesitation, that it was a white male. Another child present during the murder saw a white man’s tattooed arm reach inside the house to open a sliding glass door.
Yet somehow, the lawyers in the case determined that Kenneth Clair, a dark-skinned African-American homeless man who had been squatting next door, was the killer. When Jerrod saw him on the witness stand and insisted they had the wrong man, the prosecution chalked it up to youth and trauma and pursued the death penalty for Kenneth Clair.
But that’s not the biggest bombshell in this case -- in 2008, forensic testing revealed that DNA found on the murder victim did not match Clair’s. DNA taken from a glove found at the scene also did not match. It matches another individual, but the Orange County District Attorney insists that “confidentiality is required” concerning this evidence, and for 7 years now, the identity of the person whose DNA does match the swab has remained a secret. The prosecution withheld exculpatory evidence, produced a witness to place Clair at the "crime scene" by extorting her. It was impossible for the prosecution's star witness to have been at the crime scene, due to the fact that she was still in rehab after brain surgery.
WRONG MAN, Season 2
Death row inmate Kenneth Clair who was convicted of the brutal torture and murder of a young babysitter named Linda Rodgers in 1984 in Santa Ana, California. The only eyewitness to the murder – a five-year-old child – told police officers “a white man did it.” Kenneth Clair is black, and no forensic evidence ties him to the crime scene.
See his story featured in the recently released second season of WRONG MAN, a Starz Docuseries.
to read the Times OC article written about CJ Ford PI and his desire to win back freedom for those unjustly condemned. The article was written by Ben Brazil and released December 2019.