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Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law Releases Video on Invalid Fire Science and the Case of Letitia Smallwood

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In the University of Pennsylvania School of Law’s Program on Documentaries & the Law students create “nonfiction advocacy films on behalf of actual clients and/or groups devoted to the advancement of […]

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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]

Eugene Gilyard, Part 2: Investigations Take Time

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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

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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

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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 […]

Student Case Update: Police Shot, Innocent Man in Prison?

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When police are shot in the line of duty, it is a tragedy pure and simple. We all depend upon police to protect us and help us when we are […]

Student Case Update: Can an Identification a Year After a Crime be Accurate?

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A dark alley, late at night in Beaver County, a man is robbed at gunpoint, flees and turns to witness the gunman turn on his friend and shoot him dead […]

Student Case Update: Arson or Accident?

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Jimmy has spent almost 20 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit. Jimmy was convicted of killing his wife and two young sons in 1995 […]

Three for Three: Why Not Test the DNA?

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Most of our cases do not involve DNA evidence, or the possibility of DNA. Of the 15 cases we are now litigating, only 6 are requests for post-conviction DNA testing. […]

Student Case Update: 32 Years Later, Still Crying for Freedom

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A minor trying to get over the death of his mother had his life turned upside down when he was arrested for a crime he did not commit. A 17-year-old […]

Student Case Update: Can Someone Be in NYC and Philly at the Same Time?

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I am in the process of reviewing a case of an individual who has been in prison for over 20 years for a crime he was convicted of committing in […]

Student Case Update: Erie Murder Conviction

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As wrongful convictions are studied, it becomes clear that such injustices share similar causes—misidentification, coerced confessions, scientific errors, and other issues. Sometimes, though, there isn’t just one issue. Sometimes, the […]

The Summer Interns Are Here!

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This month, we got our full legal staff of 12 students from all over Pennsylvania who will intern with the Project for the summer. From Duquesne, the University of Pennsylvania, […]

Double Injustice: Lorenzo “Cat” Johnson

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      Although the primary focus of this blog is highlighting cases of actual innocence – where individuals are committed of crimes they did not commit and were not […]

Eugene Gilyard: Closer to Freedom?

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Our client, Eugene Gilyard, filed a petition with the Court of Common Pleas back in March, 2011, when he learned who really killed Thomas Keal in 1995. Mr. Gilyard had […]

Prisoners in Community Custody in Washington Now Allowed Government Funded DNA Test

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Due to the collaborative work of students at the University of Washington School of Law Innocence Project Northwest, prisoners in limited community custody are now entitled to government funded DNA […]

Case Study Pinpoints Elements of Wrongful Convictions

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The Washington Institute for Public and International Affairs Research at American University has distinguished 10 of the most common components that lead to wrongful convictions. Lawyer, social scientist, and American […]

Football Player Remains Optimistic After Exoneration

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Following six years of incarceration for the false allegation of rape, Brian Banks has finally been acquainted with justice. Banks was imprisoned at Chino State Penitentiary after Wanetta Gibson, a […]

Pa. Innocence Project is Headed West!

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After four years of work developing the foundation for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, we are now ready to begin reaching out across the entire state. This May, the Project will hold […]

More on the Delaware County “Near Miss”

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By Marissa Boyers Bluestine The Philadelphia Inquirer ran the following opinion piece, written by Pennsylvania Innocence Project Legal Director Marissa Bluestine: Last week, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office withdrew […]

Delaware County DA Jack Whelan Frees Wrongly Arrested Man

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This week, Tahmir Craig went from being a wrongly accused murderer to a free man. Delaware County police could have been satisfied with the arrest of Mr. Craig for the […]