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Author Archives: PaInnocence

Governor Wolf Signs Innocence Legislation Into Law!!

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WE DID IT! Thanks to you – your phone calls, your tweets, your emails – Pennsylvania’s convicted innocent have new hope. Governor Tom Wolf signed two bills into law that […]

Larry Trent Roberts’ Retrial to Move Forward Despite Prosecution Appeal

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The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has upheld the decision that Pennsylvania Innocence Project client Larry Trent Roberts is entitled to a new trial. Roberts was originally granted a retrial in his […]

Jim Fogle Celebrates Three Years of Freedom

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Jim Fogle Celebrates Three Years of Freedom After Serving 34 for a Crime He Didn’t Commit Today marks three years since exoneree Lewis “Jim” Fogle had his indictment formally overturned […]

The Innocence Network’s Partnership with NBA Cares!

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The Pennsylvania Innocence Project, the Innocence Project and Innocence Network Partners have helped exonerate 513 people worldwide. We are happy to announce a collaboration with the innocence movement, NBA Voices […]

Celebrating Exoneration Anniversaries

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On this Independence Day, we celebrated the one-year exoneration anniversaries of Lorenzo Johnson and Marshall Hale, who both spent several decades wrongfully imprisoned. Lorenzo and Marshall both secured freedom in […]

Veteran journalist and innocence fighter Bill Moushey launches podcast!

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One of our most tenacious state journalists, Bill Moushey, has launched a podcast – Win At All Costs. Here, Bill will talk about some of the many cases he has […]

FREE!! All charges withdrawn against Dontia Patterson – 11 years, 20 days after his wrongful arrest

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MAY 15, 2018:  Today, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office moved to withdraw all charges against Dontia Patterson – after he served over a decade in prison for a crime he […]

Senator Stewart Greenleaf’s Statement on Receiving Hero of Justice Award from PA Innocence Project

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Senator Stewart Greenleaf’s Statement on Receiving Hero of Justice Award from PA Innocence Project On Wednesday, May 9th, I was presented the Hero of Justice Award from the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.  […]

Does Philadelphia Harbor a “Cluster of Wrongful Convictions”?

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There is, by now, no question that innocent people confess to crimes they did not commit. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, approximately 23% of people convicted of murders […]

Board member featured on ‘New Yorker Radio Hour’ to discuss exoneration case

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A recent episode of the the podcast, “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” examines the case of an exoneree named John Thompson, who was wrongfully convicted of two crimes he didn’t […]

Philly DA agrees to new trial for Dontia Patterson – after 11 years in prison.

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It has taken 11 years from behind bars, but Dontia Patterson will get a fair chance to prove his innocence of murdering his friend, Antwine Jackson, in broad daylight on […]

Podcast news! Undisclosed, Good Law/Bad Law, and Criminal (In)Justice

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If you’re a fan of podcasts, we’ve got a few for you to check out. A few months ago, David Harris interviewed Marissa for his podcast, Criminal (In)justice. They talked about wrongful convictions, how […]

John Thompson, American hero – Dies at 55

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John Thompson survived 14 years on death row, serving a sentence for a crime he had nothing to do with. Upon his exoneration, he tried to hold those who tried […]

HOME!! Shaurn Thomas released after 24 years in prison.

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On May 23, 2017, a jubilant Shaurn Thomas walked out of SCI-Frackville, having served 24 years of a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. The Pennsylvania Innocence Project […]

The Partiality for Bias: Why Understanding Bias is Integral to Discussing Innocence – guest post by Jake Kind

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A few weeks ago, I wrote an article titled “What I learned from Watching Netflix’s Amanda Knox.” The piece examined the relationship between the debate of Knox’s innocence and our […]

HOME For the Holidays! All Charges Withdrawn Against Donte Rollins

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Yesterday, 9 years and 17 days after he was convicted of a crime he had nothing to do with, Donte Rollins walked free. In a stunning turn of events, the […]

What I Learned from Watching Netflix’s Amanda Knox – by Jake Kind

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By Jake Kind, Univ. of Pennsylvania, class of 2020 When Amanda Knox captured the world’s attention from a small cell in Italy, I had had no idea that wrongful convictions […]

Tyrone Jones RELEASED After 43 Years in Prison!

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For over 40 years Tyrone Jones has been in prison, convicted of setting a murder he did not commit. While Mr. Jones has yet to be exonerated of the crime, he […]

Tyrone Jones Granted Parole

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On July 28, our client, Tyrone Jones, was among the first of Pennsylvania’s juvenile lifers to be granted parole. Four years ago, in Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled […]

Crystal Weimer is Finally Fully Free – 11 Years of Wrongful Incarceration

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UNIONTOWN, PA: On Monday June 27, 2016, all charges against Crystal Weimer were finally dismissed with prejudice. Crystal has been home since October, 2015, when her conviction was vacated after […]