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Former President Jimmy Carter and Rev. Jesse Jackson remember Nelson Mandela.
Editor's note: For much more about the dramatic exoneration of falsely accused murderer Michael Morton, watch CNN Films' "An Unreal Dream, The Michael Morton Story," airing Sunday, December 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN TV.
(CNN) – Crucial DNA evidence proved Michael Morton had been sitting in jail for a quarter century, for a crime he didn't commit. Morton was convicted in 1987 of killing his wife, Christine, even though he repeatedly denied it.
"I didn't think I'd be convicted. I thought it was going to be a longish trial. But then it would be revealed that there can be no there there," Morton said in the documentary "An Unreal Dream," airing Thursday on CNN.
But he was wrong. Morton was sentenced to life and spent 25 years in prison before his attorneys and The Innocence Project, a group which works to help prove prisoners innocent through DNA evidence, found holes in his conviction.
DNA testing in 1987, when Morton was convicted, was "very rudimentary," said Chris Asplen, a former federal prosecutor who is now the director for the Alliance for Rapid DNA Testing.
Former Vice President Al Gore is a carnivore no more. According to Forbes magazine, Al Gore has joined his once southern fried running mate, becoming a vegan two months ago.
Two words are nowhere to be found in the pages of text that spell out a new interim nuclear deal with Iran: Saeed Abedini.
Now some supporters of the American pastor, who's been detained in Iran for more than a year, are accusing U.S. officials of betraying Abedini by signing off on an agreement that doesn't get him out of prison.
"We were across the table from the Iranians, and we did not bring home Americans. To me that's a tragedy and that's outrageous," said Jay Sekulow, the chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini's family in the United States.
While analysts debated the nuclear agreement's pros and cons, Abedini's wife, Naghmeah, said she was trying to comfort her two young children.
"It's very painful," she told CNN's "The Lead" on Monday. "My kids were crying this morning, saying, 'God, don't let Daddy die. Bring him home.' "FULL STORY
The United States had Iran at the negotiating table but didn’t secure the release of Saeed Abedini, the American pastor held captive in Iran.
Now activists like Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, are questioning whether the administration left Abedini behind.
“We had the ultimate negotiating capability,” Sekulow said. “The Iranian sanctions that the United States government put on the Iranians have been significant enough that it brought the Iranians to the table, and we blinked. The United States blinked, and that’s the tragedy in all this.”
Naghmeh Abedini, the pastor's wife, fears her husband will die in Iran.
“In this prison he’s with murderers on death row; we’re worried about his health,” she said. “He will not survive the eight years if he doesn’t get out of there immediately.”
By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper and Sherisse Pham
An update on a story "CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper" first reported in August, regarding the sex scandal that brought down former CIA director David Petraeus.
Jill and Scott Kelley, suing the Obama administration for alleged defamation of character during the aftermath of the Petraeus sex scandal, have added new defendants to their lawsuit, including the Department of State, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and outgoing FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce.