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Former Inmate Gets Job Back After DNA Exoneration

Nevest Coleman resumed his job as a groundskeeper for the Chicago White Sox after an unexpected hiatus left him unavailable to work-for 23 years. In 1994, Coleman was charged and convicted of rape and murder. He spent the next two decades behind bars until last November, when prosecutors vacated his conviction after considering DNA evidence that should've ruled him out as a suspect. Several months later, a Cook County judge granted Coleman a certificate of innocence, which officially cleared his name of all related charges.

While maintaining a steadfast belief in his innocence, Coleman always looked back fondly on the time he spent working with the team, which felt very much like a family. After his release, friends and family members reached out to the White Sox organization, delighted by an official invite to come and reapply for his old job. After re-hiring him, the team issued an official statement:

"We're grateful that after more than two decades, justice has been carried out for Nevest," the team said in a statement. "It has been a long time, but we're thrilled that we have the opportunity to welcome him back to the White Sox family. We're looking forward to having Nevest back on Opening Day at home in our ballpark."

On Coleman's first day back at work, he was flanked by two of his former coworkers, and was warmly greeted by the team's head groundskeeper, Roger "The Sodfather" Bossard.

"I saved your spot for you," Bossard said. "I knew you'd be back."

Preaching angles: (1) God's justice—This is such a heartwarming story, but we all know that many times injustice still reigns. We long for the day when God will judge the earth with perfect justice, restoring what was lost, making all things right and just. (2) Justice—As followers of Christ we are also called to fight for justice on earth as it will be in heaven.

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