As soon as Samuel Bonner entered the Long Beach courtroom with his wrists
chained to his waist, the judge made a simple, yet for Bonner, unprecedented,
request: Could the bailiff please remove his shackles?
This is the moment, Bonner thought.
This is it.
It was the closest thing to freedom he had felt in 37 years. The hour or
so that followed was just as remarkable for the man who always insisted
he was innocent of murder.
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