For ten years, 29-year-old Ryan Ferguson sat in prison, wrongly convicted of murder.
That nightmare behind bars finally ended in November (See background HERE) and, in just a few months since being released, Ferguson has found a new mission to be an advocate for those falsely accused of crimes.
One of the cases he is passionate about is Amanda Knox. Knox is currently waiting as an Italian jury is expected to deliver a verdict this week, in a retrial for the murder of Meredith Kercher.
Ferguson says of their connection: "We kind of had this connection in the sense that we've been through this justice system – although hers is in Perugia and mine is here. It's relatively the same. We've been through this, and there's not a whole lot of people in this world that have dealt with wrongful conviction. So it's cool and we can kind of just talk to each other. She wanted to reach out and say if you need to talk to anybody, if you need any help, I'm here for you. If not, I completely understand. So that's how we began communicating."
When asked about Knox's current state of mind by CNN's Kate Bolduan, Ferguson said she's staying positive.
"She seems to be doing very well. I'm impressed with her. It's so daunting at this time," he says. "Within 48 hours she should know her fate. You can't start living life until they actually clear you and until you're free essentially. So I'm amazed how she's doing. She's working hard on school and continuing life the best she can. She believes the courts are going to do the right thing based on the facts. I agree."
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