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The Pennsylvania Innocence Project Announces “Freedom in PA” Social Media Contest!

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Freedom is an intangible ideal sought after and died for by many, but where can it be found? Is freedom found in Independence Hall, or the ringing of the Liberty […]

Getting Guilty Convictions Right: More Than Meets the Eye – Jan. 22 at Arcadia Univ.

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As the drumbeat of DNA exonerations continue to sound across the country, we are reminded of Martin Luther King Jr’s iconic declaration, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” […]

Philadelphia Police Looking to Lead on Getting Accurate Identifications

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On December 17, 2012, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, the Innocence Project, and the Philadelphia Police Department held a seminar attended by over 150 Captains, Lieutenants, and Commanders of the Philadelphia Police […]

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 […]

Impact of misconduct by chemist at Massachusetts state lab widens

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced last week the creation of a central office in the state that will create a process to sort through thousands of criminal cases that must […]

Prosecutorial Oversight Tour Comes to Pennsylvania

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The First Monday in October is the first day of the United States Supreme Court’s new term. It is also a traditional day of legal education and community involvement. This […]

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 […]

Convicted Detroit Hit Man Hopes to Help Free Man He Says Is Wrongfully Imprisoned

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Vincent Smothers, a Detroit hit man in jail serving a sentence of 52 years for eight murders, has signed a statement confessing to four others. What is notable about this […]

New York Establishes Bureau to Review Wrongful Convictions

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The New York Attorney General will establish the Conviction Review Bureau to review wrongful convictions as well as establish a system to streamline damage claims arising from such convictions. Attorney […]

Gov. Brown Commutes a Life Sentence, Citing “Significant Doubt”

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Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Shirley Ree Smith’s life sentence citing “significant doubt” about her guilt.  In 1997, Shirley Ree Smith was babysitting for her infant grandson.  Described […]

Holding Prosecutors Accountable in Wrongful Convictions

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The story is all too familiar. Michael Morton, a Texas father, served almost 24 years in prison for a crime–a brutal murder of his beloved wife–that he did not commit. […]

Public Hearing Friday on SB 1153 – Innocence Should Not Be Time-Barred

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At the time Pennsylvania’s post-conviction access laws were passed in 1995, DNA exonerations were not yet on the radar.  We certainly did not have the awareness then about the flaws […]

Giving Back in the Name of Justice

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Jeffrey Deskovic was just 17 when he was convicted of rape and second-degree murder in the 1989 death of Angela Correa, a 15-year-old high school freshman. Deskovic was sentenced to […]

Act4Innocence in Pennsylvania Launch: Eyewitness Mis-Identifications & Wrongful Convictions

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The Pennsylvania Innocence Project has launched a powerful campaign to create better access to justice in Pennsylvania.  The Act4Innocence in Pennsylvania Campaign aims to support the implementation of practices that will better […]

Pennsylvania Innocence Project to Launch “Act 4 Innocence in Pennsylvania” Campaign

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The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will soon launch a comprehensive public education campaign to support innocence legislation and policies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The Act 4 Innocence in Pennsylvania Campaign […]

Rape Suspect Laughs at Mistakes of Bronx DA’s Office

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A tremendous police backlog and mistakes from the district attorney’s office in the Bronx will free a man whose DNA links him to three violent sexual assaults. Brian Brockington, currently […]

Massachusetts Passes Forensic Analysis Legislation

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The state of Massachusetts has passed a bill that will lessen the amount wrongful conviction at no extra cost to taxpayers. A win-win situation. Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill […]