2017 – Beth Shalom presentation

Willful Blindess, a Diligent Pursuit of Justice

On May 17, 2017, members of the Free Zeke Defense Team addressed the Adult Education Committee of Pittsburgh’s Congregation Beth Shalom and several dozen other guests presenting the case for Charles J. “Zeke” Goldblum’s release from prison.

The setting was particularly meaningful. At the time of George Wilhelm’s murder in 1976, Zeke’s father, Moshe Goldblum, was the congregation’s rabbi.  Zeke was married in that room and had his Bar Mitzvah there.

In addition to David Bear, attorney Ernie Orsatti and detective James Ramsey also spoke. Zeke’s sister, Orah Miller, came from Israel to read remarks written by Zeke especially for the presentation.  Zeke’s brother David Goldblum attended the event from Baltimore.

Here is a video of the entire one-hour presentation.  

Or download a transcript of the presentation.


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TV Report on Zeke’s case

It has been more than 20 years since Ken Rice filed this in-depth report on Zeke’s case. 20 years since Zeke’s judge and prosecutor both labeled his trial “A Miscarriage of Justice.”

And 20 years later, Zeke is still in prison, serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit.

 

Quotes

"Clarence . . . Clarence Miller did this to me." George Wilhelm's dying declaration to police, February 9, 1976 (T.T. 1528).

". . . Goldblum was not the individual who inflicted the fatal stab wounds on Mr. George Wilhelm." Dr. Cyril Wecht, Coroner of Allegheny County in letter to Board of Pardons, September 1, 1994; Henry Lee, Ph.D., report dated February 25, 1997.

"This is the one case in 21 years [as a judge] which seriously troubles my conscience about the result." The Honorable Donald Ziegler as quoted in Michael Bucsko, Judge Haunted by Dying Man's Last Sentences, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 5, 1995.

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