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Exonerees in Pennsylvania Are Not Compensated

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Pennsylvania is one of 20 states that provide no form of compensation for those who have spent years in prison as a result of wrongful convictions. In a February 14 […]

Legal Director Marissa Bluestine on why innocent people sometimes confess to crimes they didn’t commit

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As discussed in an article by Meaghan Bixby in Temple Now, the popularity of Making a Murderer has highlighted the issue of false confessions.   Included in the article is […]

Long-held beliefs about arson science have been debunked after decades of misuse

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The December cover story in the American Bar Association Journal on junk fire science features two cases in which the Pennsylvania Innocence Project has been closely involved: Han Tak Lee […]

Letitia Smallwood

UPDATE: In May 2015, Cumberland County Judge Edward Guido reversed Teri’s conviction citing the change in arson science as “new evidence” that could have changed the outcome of her trial. […]

Crystal Weimer to be Released After 11 Years of Wrongful Incarceration

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CRYSTAL WEIMER TO BE RELEASED AFTER 11 YEARS WRONGFUL INCARCERATION: EXPERT FROM 2006 TRIAL NOW CALLS HIS TESTIMONY “JUNK SCIENCE”  Fayette County Courthouse – Uniontown, PA UNIONTOWN, PA:  On Thursday October 1, […]

Han Tak Lee’s Quarter Century Ordeal May Finally Be Over!

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On August 19, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals turned away the Monroe County District Attorney’s request to reinstate charges against Han Tak Lee. In 1990, Mr. Lee was convicted of […]

Lewis James Fogle Walks Free – 34 Years After His Wrongful Conviction!

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On a beautiful sunny day Pennsylvania Innocence Project client Lewis James Fogle (whose family calls him Jim) walked out of SCI Pine Grove near Indiana, Pennsylvania, after serving more than […]

Pa. Innocence Project to Receive Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia Cecil B. Moore Award

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The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is humbled and honored to have been chosen as this year’s Cecil B. Moore Award from the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia. The Barristers’ Association helps address the […]

ABC27: Attorney: Man freed in ’79 murder, arson that wasn’t

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A central Pennsylvania man who spent nearly 36 years in prison for the murder of his 16-year-old son has been freed from prison, according to his attorney. James Hugney Sr., […]

FOX23: Man serves 24 years in Pennsylvania prison for crime he didn’t commit

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A former New York businessman walked out of a Pennsylvania prison today as a free man after spending 24 years of his life behind bars. 79-year-old Han Tak Lee was […]

Han Tak Lee is Headed Home – 24 Years After Being Convicted Although No Crime Occurred!

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On Friday August 22, 2014, Han Tak Lee will breathe the air of freedom for the first time in 24 years. In 1989, Mr. Lee’s daughter died in a tragic […]

Philadelphia Inquirer: No retrial for pair in ’95 robbery-murder

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Two men freed after serving 15 years of their life sentences for the 1995 robbery-murder of a North Philadelphia businessman will not be retried, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced […]

WHYY: Philly DA, Pennsylvania Innocence Project seek justice through improved conviction review

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In March 2012, when Eric Locke heard he was wanted in connection with the murder of Joel Blumer — a crime he did not commit — he went into a […]

Philly.com: Tony Goldwyn fetes the Pennsylvania Innocence Project

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Tony Goldwyn, who you may not better as President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC’s totally-addictive “Scandal,” is a big supporter of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, an organization that works to free […]

Waiting for Justice in Pittsburgh

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  UPDATE – the Gamesmanship Continues   Judge Williams granted Greg’s petition, saying there was an “avalanche of evidence” showing the federal government withheld critical evidence which could have changed the outcome […]

Philadelphia Inquirer: Ramsey orders changes on interrogations, holding suspects

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Beginning next year, Philadelphia detectives must video-record interrogations in all homicide cases and end a long-standing practice of holding suspects for long stretches even when no charges are filed. That […]

Eugene Gilyard is Home!

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Last Friday, after a whirlwind week, Eugene Gilyard came home to his family after over 15 years. The homecoming was an emotional high point after years of battling to prove […]

Tyrone Jones

UPDATE (2016): Tyrone Jones was paroled and walked out of prison on September 1, 2016. Although his conviction remains part of his record, Ty is home with his family and […]

Shaurn Thomas

UPDATE: Shaurn was released from prison on May 23, 2017. The Philadelphia District Attorney agreed to vacate his conviction when they uncovered 36 pages of witness statements that had never been provided before. […]

Eugene Gilyard

On November 15, 2013, Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder were released from state prison after serving 15 years for a murder neither man committed. In March, 2014, the Philadelphia District […]

Greg Brown

THE CASE: On February 14, 1995, the City of Pittsburgh suffered a tremendous loss when 3 firefighters died while trying to put out a fire at a home on Bricelyn Street.  […]

Marshall Hale

UPDATE – MARSHALL IS HOME!   JULY, 2017: After over 33 years of imprisonment for a crime he did not commit, Marshall Hale was released from Graterford Prison into the […]

CBS Philly: Philly Murder Case Reversals Bring Call For Review

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A city judge ruled last year that Philadelphia prosecutors had “sanitized” evidence that led to a 1986 death sentence. This summer, a federal judge said “shaky eyewitness identifications” had condemned […]

Eugene Gilyard, Part 5: Evidence is Closed – Finally

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A few days before we returned to court, the District Attorney’s Office provided us with the evidence they’d gathered which they felt showed that Rolex’ confession to the murder of […]