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Upcoming Volunteer Lawyer & Law Student Trainings – be a part of our team

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The Pennsylvania Innocence Project teams with pro bono attorneys on every case we litigate. In addition, volunteer lawyers and law students play a critical role in helping the Project review […]

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 […]

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 […]

President of the Board David Richman Honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association

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At its Annual Luncheon on December 8, 2015, the Philadelphia Bar Association (“PBA”) presented its PNC Achievement Award to David Richman, the President and co-founder of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. […]

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 […]

Oh, what a night: Pa IP’s Annual Celebration of Justice – May 12, 2015

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We had a truly memorable evening on May 12 for our annual event. It was tremendously rewarding to see so many people out to support our work and the heroes […]

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 […]

Just a Shout Out to Temple University Beasley School of Law – Thank You!

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Since our electricity is temporarily out (due to City construction), seemed like a good time to say a belated “thank you” to our partner, Temple University Beasley School of Law. […]

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 […]

Hoping for Clemency – a Miracle – or Both

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If a prosecutor allows two clearly innocent men to be convicted of a murder neither committed, is that a praiseworthy event? Felix Rodriquez and Russell Weinberger spent over 21 years […]

Waiting for Justice in Pittsburgh

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UPDATE – November 16, 2016: 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 […]

New International Wrongful Convictions Blog Debuts

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Launched today, the Wrongful Convictions Blog covers any and all issues–wherever they arise in the world–related to the problem of wrongful conviction of the innocent. Edited by scholars, scientists, and […]

“Under the right conditions even you could falsely confess to a crime:” False confessions getting more attention in the mainstream press

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There have been a lot of articles appearing recently about false confessions – it seems that quite a few major news outlets have been trying to raise awareness of the […]

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. […]

Pa. Superior Court Approves DNA Testing for Robert Conway

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In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, those convicted of crimes can have DNA evidence tested post-conviction if the perpetrator’s identity was at issue during the trial and DNA testing would establish […]

New Jersey Special Master Calls for Major Overhaul of Eyewitness Evidence

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For several months, a court in New Jersey held hearings at the request of the New Jersey Supreme Court to “test the current validity” of New Jersey’s standards on the […]

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 […]

Perils of Eyewitness Testimony Continue to Plague Courts

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Problems with eyewitness testimony in courts continue to raise concerns across the country. In a recent article, Do You Believe What Witnesses See?, the Baltimore Sun explores the unreliability of […]

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. […]

First Attorney Training A Success!

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On a dreary, rainy weekend, September 11 and 12, 30 attorneys met to be a part of the first “class” of volunteer lawyers for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. These lawyers, […]

CBS3 Interviews the Pennsylvania Innocence Project for Newsmakers

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Check out the video here!

Volunteer Training — Tuesday May 19th, 12 – 1

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The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will hold its first training session for volunteers on Tuesday May 19th from 12 – 1 at Duane Morris (30 S. 17th Street).  No legal or criminal […]

Welcome!

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Welcome to the Official Weblog of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project! We hope to share news, updates, and educational information of interest to all who are concerned with exonerating those who […]