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

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!

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 […]

We’ve added a new staff attorney! Meet T.C. Tanski.

T.C. joined the Pennsylvania Innocence Project in August of 2015, increasing the Project’s legal staff to three full-time attorneys. T.C. graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2009 and received his J.D. […]

We’ve Moved!! Our new home is 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

As of July 6, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project has a new home! Thanks to the tremendous support of Temple University Beasley School of Law, we have a bigger office space […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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., […]

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

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. […]

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

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!

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

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

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

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 […]

Hoping for Clemency – a Miracle – or Both

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

This afternoon, in a Pittsburgh courtroom, Judge Joseph Williams will tell the world whether Greg Brown’s 17 year ordeal could be coming to an end. Two years ago, we presented […]

Philadelphia Inquirer: Ramsey orders changes on interrogations, holding suspects

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!

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 […]

CBS Philly: Philly Murder Case Reversals Bring Call For Review

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 […]

Philadelphia Inquirer: Judge orders new trial for 2 in ’95 murder

Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder are still serving the life prison terms they began 15 years ago for the robbery-murder of North Philadelphia businessman Thomas Keal. But Tuesday brought them […]

Eugene Gilyard, Part 5: Evidence is Closed – Finally

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 […]

Eugene Gilyard, Part 4: Eugene Finally Gets His Days in Court

The Court set hearings for Eugene and his co-defendant, Lance Felder, for the week of July 15. The weeks before, our summer interns were all involved in trying to make […]

Eugene Gilyard, Part 2: Investigations Take Time

We first heard from Eugene before we even started operating, in early 2009. Law student volunteers began reviewing the materials in his case, and learning about his conviction. What struck […]

Proving Innocence – Eugene Gilyard, Part 1: Convicting an Innocent Man

Next month, we will present final arguments to a Philadelphia judge urging her to grant our client Eugene Gilyard’s petition for a new trial. We thought this a good time […]

Pa. Innocence Project Launches Forensic Science Academy for Lawyers

In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences produced an exhaustive study of the state of forensic science in the United States. The report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A […]