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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Peter Neufeld Responds to Anita Alvarez’ Open Letter to 60 Minutes

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Chicago Tribune writer Eric Zorn reached out to Innocence Project co-founder Peter Neufeld for a response to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’ ‘open letter’ following the airing of a devastating […]

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez Responds to 60 Minutes Interview … Kind Of

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After being universally drubbed for her comments during a recent 60 Minutes segment on false confessions in Chicago, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez wrote to the head of CBS […]

It’s Not Misconduct, It’s Human Nature.

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Stories about people confessing to crimes they know nothing about seem to be all over the news. This Sunday, 60 minutes ran a segment on a group of men from […]

North Carolina man gains freedom after serving 24 years for rape he didn’t commit

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It took three judges 30 minutes to determine what others couldn’t in  two and a half decades: Willie Grimes was not guilty of the 1987 rape for which he served […]

Pennsylvania DNA Testing Still Lagging

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As reported recently by the Pittsburgh Tribune, Pennsylvania’s efforts to use DNA as a swift tool for solving crime are not keeping up with the need. When there is a […]

Ohio Man Freed After 21 Years on Death Row

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After spending 21 years on death row in Ohio, 62-year old Michael Keenan is now a free man after a judge dismissed the 1988 murder charge against him. Keenan had […]

Philadelphia DA Focuses on Conviction Integrity

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A couple of weeks ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer had a front-page story highlighting Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams’ efforts to ensure that police gather sufficient evidence to support a conviction […]

Montgomery County DA Risa Vetri Ferman Makes Conviction Integrity a Priority

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Last Friday, Montgomery County DA Risa Vetri Ferman appeared as part of a panel at the annual Criminal Law Symposium in Harrisburg.  The event draws over 400  lawyers practicing in criminal […]

Former HS Football Star Brian Banks Has Name Cleared After False Rape Accusation Ten Years Ago

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As a high school student, Brian Banks had big dreams for the rest of this life. He was a star middle linebacker with the Long Beach Polytechnic High School football […]