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Q: What does factual innocence mean?

A: We can only take on cases for people who had no involvement in the crime for which they were convicted. This will generally mean people who had an alibi for the time of the crime, whether it was presented at trial or not.

Factually innocent is different from cases where someone may be legally innocent of a crime. Examples include a case involving a claim of consent instead of rape, or self-defense rather than murder. Another possibility is an inmate has serious constitutional or procedural grounds for reversal of his conviction. As important as all of those issues are, we are unfortunately limited in our resources and in the scope of assistance we can offer.