Jarrett Adams: EXONERATED

I recently had the opportunity to meet and interview one of the most extraordinary people I have met in a very long time. I have heard hundreds of stories of men who had been wrongly accused, convicted and sentenced for crimes that they vehemently denied committing. Jarrett Adams is one of a precious few to successfully prove that he was unjustly punished and eventually released.

Back on September 5, 1998, he and some friends drove a couple of hours away from the Chicago area to a party on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A female student later reported that she had been sexually assaulted and identified Jarrett and his friends as the culprits. He was 17 years old at the time and was sentenced to a 28-year prison sentence. From the onset, he denied having committed the rape.

After almost 10 years in prison, and with the assistance of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, Jarrett was finally released. For many this would be a soul-crushing experience that would fill one with lots of bitterness and anger. If Jarrett harbors such feelings, it is barely detectable.

While there is no pending suit against the State of Wisconsin for his wrongful conviction and incarceration, he says “I am fighting with the state to change compensation laws to compensate me” and “was never given a dime or any services by the state despite having all charges against me dismissed.”

Jarrett channeled his energy into completing college and last year graduated from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. He just finished a Judicial Fellowship with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the same court that overturned his conviction. Now living in New York City, he starts work as an attorney for the New York Innocence Project next week.

In February Jarrett got married to an attorney with a multinational media organization.

Stephanie and Drew Celebrate Their Love

It was a wet, rainy and cloudy day and we had to scrap our plans to shoot at Lincoln Memorial, but nothing could dampen the energy and spirit of this special day with this beautiful couple and their family and friends.

Monica and Kay

I was honored to capture Monica and Kay's special day. Honestly, I was not their first choice. They were   referred to me by another client after at least 2 other photographers declined to serve them because of their objections to same-sex marriage.

Drive Smart: No Distractions, No Excuses

Mr. Anthony R. Foxx, United States Secretary of Transportation with Claire Offenberger, 2016 Grand Prize Winner of Drive Smart: Teen Digital Short Contest, April 14, 2016, United States Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C (Rodney Choice/Choice Photography/www.choicephotography.com)

Mr. Anthony R. Foxx, United States Secretary of Transportation with Claire Offenberger, 2016 Grand Prize Winner of Drive Smart: Teen Digital Short Contest, April 14, 2016, United States Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C (Rodney Choice/Choice Photography/www.choicephotography.com)

Alice

Alice is a native of Cameroon. She is a nurse living in Silver Spring, Maryland. Here she shows photo of her 20 year old daughter, Clara, a pre-med student at University of Maryland.

Alice is a native of Cameroon. She is a nurse living in Silver Spring, Maryland. Here she shows photo of her 20 year old daughter, Clara, a pre-med student at University of Maryland.

Edith

Edith is 90 years young. She was born in New Jersey and attended Howard University, where she became a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and graduated in 1946. Her husband, a minister with the A.M.E. Church passed away in 1989. She has 3 three children, the oldest of which is 65 years old. She still lives alone, in the same house that she and her husband purchased back in 1954. She is one of the most dignified people I have ever met. She looks you directly in the eyes when speaking and has perfect, clear diction. As much as she enjoys her independence, she admits, with the urging of her children, that she may soon need some in-home assistance.