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Category Archives: Exoneration

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 […]

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 […]

Colorado District Attorneys Seek to Help Victims of Wrongful Conviction

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A little more than half of the country–27 states, to be exact–provide some sort of compensation to those who have been wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Colorado […]

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 […]

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. […]

Sheriff-Ordered Analysis Finds “Unguided Missile” Investigation Led to Wrongful Arrest of Father in Daughter’s Death

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Early in the morning of June 6, 2004, three-year-old Riley Fox was abducted from her home in Wilmington, IL, sexually assaulted, and drowned in a nearby creek. Her father, Kevin, […]

Exonerees Struggle With Life After Prison

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Last week, the Herald-Sun of Durham, NC published an article about Darryl Hunt, who was cleared of a murder charge after 19 years in prison. Now, over seven years after […]

Exoneree Ferando Bermudez Speaks to Arcadia Students

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Last Monday, recent exoneree Fernando Bermudez addressed a packed room of Arcadia University students and professors to share with them his personal story, and to exhort them to “live your […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Prosecutor: “…we convicted the wrong guy, and that’s terrifying,”

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In a recent editorial in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Linda Campbell profiled the case of a prosecutor who did everything right, but still wound up sending an innocent man to […]

Justice comes after inmate’s death

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On Friday, March 19, Texas Governor Rick Perry granted the state’s first posthumous pardon to Tim Cole, according to a report by Elliott Blackburn of the Lubbock based Avalanche-Journal. Cole […]

Dallas County DA Craig Watkins: “We’ve seen the results of tough on crime. It doesn’t work.”

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Dallas County DA Craig Watkins appeared with Stephen Colbert last night and explained his Conviction Integrity Unit and the need for prosecutors to investigate and work to prevent wrongful convictions. […]

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!

Former Dallas DA: I convicted an innocent man

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Today, the Dallas Morning News ran an editorial by James A. Fry, a former Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted Charles Chatman for aggravated rape.  Mr. Chatman was convicted but conclusively […]