The Race Continues to Free Matthew Rushin a Black Autistic Man Wrongfully Convicted After a Car Accident Matthew Rushin was wrongfully convicted after a 2019 car accident, was conditionally pardoned by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in November 2020. As of January 2021, Matthew is still sitting behind bars, awaiting release. He has recently contracted COVID-19 while in prison.
Lavern and Demetrius Rushin have worked tirelessly to free their son, a young, Black, autistic man who was 21 at the time of his arrest. Matthew, who was diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s as a child and later suffered a traumatic brain injury, was a student at Old Dominion University — a young man who loved to compose poetry and play the piano. On the rainy night of January 4, 2019, he went to pick up pastries at the Panera where he worked when he was involved in a serious car accident. After
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