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    Posted January 12, 2014 by
    Concord, North Carolina

    How far would you go to prove you're innocent?


    When all seemed lost, that question alone touched the imagination of former Boiling Spring Lakes, NC Police Officer Luther Stidham. “It was the one idea that sparked my determination to never give up.” Luther said.


    It’s been seven years since Luther was arrested, but for the former police officer, the memories of that soulwrenching day in trial still haunt him today.
    “With a court forced attorney and stripped of all defense, my trial couldn’t have been uglier.”


    Beginning in September 2008 Luther, served 54 months behind bars for what he called “a coerced plea.” Six years later, he opens up about his life as a police officer—and rebuilding his life ‘day by day.’


    It all began thirteen months into his prison sentence when Luther uncovered suppressed evidence that he stated “would have likely resulted in my acquittal.” It wouldn’t take long after his discovery before the conspiracy began to unfold.


    As a pro se defendant, the former police officer chased the Brunswick county trial court all the way to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, only to be denied on procedural grounds.


    “The judges stated that I failed to properly show how I was prejudiced. I thought a simple ‘I am innocent and wrongfully incarcerated’ was enough—I was wrong.”


    And that is when it happened, what Luther chose to do next leveled the battle field for all who have suffered at the hands of a corrupt judicial system.


    Today, an author and Human Rights advocate, Luther calls himself, “the world’s foremost authority on fundamental fairness.”


    In a new book, Falsely Accused Forever Branded, the 42-year-old former police officer shares some of his most shocking and guarded secrets about his life as a police officer, the soul wrenching events that led to his arrest, and his refusal to bow to a judge that has blocked all of his appeals ripe for acquittal.


    Luther’s book, a serious contender as a bestseller has been described as the “Defendant’s Handbook,” and deals with the question of whether it is acceptable for attorneys to lie to their clients about their defense prospects to maintain their currency in court.


    “In this nation; rights, laws, and technicalities should apply to all people equally, and it should be the job of the attorney to go into court and make sure our judges are observing them, without exception, even if it means rubbing someone’s face in due process.”


    Now the uninformed as well as the underachiever will have a voice, as Luther exposes what it feels like when the law turns against you.


    While incarcerated, Luther also worked toward obtaining a degree in law, and on two additional books to keep himself focused on his goals.


    “During my studies, I was bewildered to learn that our nation’s courts encourage attorneys to be mindful of their social, political, and financial currency more so than any underlying issues, the merits of law, or the rights of the client. Now it is my goal to encourage attorneys to go to battle for the rights of their client; it’s just what good attorneys do.”


    Currently, Luther is actively involved in filming a documentary based on exposing the collaborated corruption behind his conviction.


    Visit www.lutherstidham.com for more information.


    "As for me, this is ONLY the beginning!"

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