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Category Archives: DNA Science

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 […]

Appalling Decision Making by New York Lab Leads to Destruction of Key Criminal Evidence

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Management for the Monroe County, New York Public Safety Laboratory destroyed key criminal evidence in cases that led the the destruction of evidence in hundreds of cases, according to an […]

Kentucky Supreme Court In Pursuit of “Righting” the Wrongs

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Thanks to the persistent efforts of the Kentucky Innocence Project, Kerry Porter was exonerated after serving almost 15 years behind bars for a murder  he did not commit. However, with […]

Illinois Review Board Seeks to Exonerate Dead Man

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The pursuit of justice never ends, not even after death. Paul Echols, a retired Carbondale, Illinois police officer and detective  Jimmy Smith from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, seek to clear the […]

PA Senate Votes to Expand DNA Testing in Crimes

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Currently in the state of Pennsylvania, you must submit a DNA sample taken from the inside of your cheek after being convicted of a serious felony. However, legislation sponsored by […]

Wrongfully Convincted Man Awaits Financial Compensation from the State of Florida

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At 21 years of age, William Dillon was arrested for a rape and murder that he did not commit. He was then convicted of these crimes, spending the next 27 […]

FL Man’s DNA Doesn’t Match Crime Scene Evidence for Which He’s Serving a Life Sentence

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In 1993, Derrick Williams was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and raping a woman in a Palmetto, FL, orange grove. This past week, a DNA expert testified that […]

Why Not Just Test the DNA?

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On March 7, the Supreme Court decided Skinner v. Switzer and held that death-row inmate Henry Skinner may bring a claim in federal court under civil rights law 42 U.S.C. […]

Pennsylvania Man Released after 23 Years’ Incarceration

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Kenneth Shiffer was convicted of second degree murder in 1988 and sentenced to life in prison. On November 23, 2010, Shiffer was released from prison after serving 23 years. Shiffer […]

New DNA Evidence Casts Doubt on Texas Execution

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On December 7, 2000, Claude Jones was executed in Texas for the 1989 murder of a shop owner in East Texas. The evidence against Mr. Jones included a co-defendant to […]

Supreme Court Considers Whether to Allow Requests for DNA Evidence under the Civil Rights Act

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in the case of Skinner v. Switzer to decide whether a prisoner can make a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for access […]

Can a Prosecutors’ Office be Liable under Section 1983 for Failure to Train?

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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard argument in Connick v. Thompson. John Thompson was wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1985 in New Orleans. He was exonerated […]

Alibi Doesn’t Protect Innocent Philadelphia Teen from 5 Months’ Incarceration

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Even a videotaped alibi didn’t prevent Lionel Franks, an 18 year-old high school senior, from being incarcerated for five months for an attempted murder he didn’t commit. Before his arrest […]

Police Interrogation Techniques Lead to False Confession(s) in Illinois

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Kevin Fox and Jerry Hobbs III share an uncommon similarity ; they both were convicted for the murder of their daughters.  But in what seems to be a rising trend, […]

Oprah highlights false confessions

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In a show dedicated to false confessions, Oprah Winfrey asks the question what makes someone confess to a crime he did not do? By following the case of one man, […]

CBS3 Interviews the Pennsylvania Innocence Project for Newsmakers

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Check out the video here!

The vital importance of preserving biological evidence

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As an innocence project, we focus not only on reversing wrongful convictions, but also on preventing wrongful convictions in the first place.  One crucial part of such prevention is promoting […]