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New York State to Expand DNA Database

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The New York State Senate passed a bill that will expand the state’s DNA database for convicted criminals. Previously, the state required that DNA be collected from those convicted of […]

Fund Established in Connecticut to Help the Wrongfully Convicted

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Kenneth Ireland was 18 years old when he was sent to jail for 21 years, until DNA testing conducted on crime scene evidence exonerated him. While no price can be […]

Freedom…30 Years Later

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After having served three decades behind bars for a crime that he says he did not commit, a Dallas man finally had his conviction vacated on  January 4. Ricky Dale […]

Help Protect Conviction Integrity in Pennsylvania.

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Senator Stewart Greenleaf has introduced bills in the Pennsylvania Senate that would put in action the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Wrongful Convictions.  The first bill, SB 1337, would create […]

Texas Exoneration Evokes Inquiry

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Michael Morton, who served nearly 25 years in prison after being convicted for the 1986 murder of his wife, was officially exonerated on December 26, 2011. Morton had been sentenced […]

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Restitution for the Wrongly Convicted

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You have just been exonerated after DNA evidence has proven you innocent after a wrongful conviction. You are now a free person, but you have no money, no collateral…you have […]

San Francisco Moves to Change Eyewitness Identification Procedures

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In an effort to address challenges presented by traditional eyewitness identification procedures, San Francisco is changing its methods. Under the present system in the city, witnesses are presented with so-called […]

Tankleff Uses His Experience to Fight for Others

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How much would it take to stand up and fight for the lives of those who have been wrongly accused? Martin Tankleff fought for 20 long, hard years for his […]

WHYY’s Radio Times Takes a Look at Eyewitness Testimony

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 WHYY’s Radio Times last week aired a segment called “Reexamining Eyewitness Testimony.” The show featured Brandon Garrett, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia and author of Convicting the […]

The Taste of Freedom

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Illinois The taste of freedom was like “breathing new life in my body,” said James Harden, 36, upon his release from the Menard Correctional Center on Friday, November 4. Harden […]

Florida panel recommends taped interrogations

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The Florida Innocence Commission, a panel established in July 2010, recently voted to recommend that police officers record all suspect statements in violent felonies. “One of the benefits of recording […]

Conviction Integrity is Not a “Roadblock to Justice”!

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In September, the long-awaited Advisory Committee on Wrongful Convictions released its final report. A comprehensive study of wrongful convictions, the report recommends several legislative measures to update current law enforcement […]

Freedom…30 Years Later

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Lousiana It was a feeling of a miracle,” said Henry James Jr., describing his exoneration after serving 30 years in the Angola State Prison for a crime that he did […]

Michael Morton exonerated based on new DNA evidence and extensive prosecutorial misconduct

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After spending 25 years in jail for a crime that he did not commit, Michael Morton was freed on Tuesday, October 4, after DNA evidence cleared him. Morton was wrongfully […]

DNA vs. Confessions

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Chicago, IL “I’ve been waiting on justice for 17 years, and I’m still waiting,” said Terrill Swift as he was reunited with his family members after a hearing on whether […]

Obie Anthony Exonerated in California

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Last week, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kelvin Filer vacated Obie Anthony’s murder and attempted burglary convictions. Anthony was represented by The Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara […]

Two Men Exonerated by North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission

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On Thursday, Kenneth Kagonyera and Robert Wilcoxson were exonerated by the country’s only state agency dedicated to investigating innocence claims, the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. 11 years ago, Kagonyera […]

Michael Hansen Exonerated in Minnesota

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In 2004, Mike Hansen was convicted of murdering his three-month old daughter, Avry. There was no physical evidence indicating that Hansen murdered his daughter. A prosecution expert testified that Avry […]

David Ayers Exonerated in Ohio

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On Monday, September 12, six months after David Ayers was granted a new trial, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office dismissed all charges against him. Ayers had spent over a decade […]

Mississippi woman still behind bars despite debunked expert’s role in her conviction

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The Mississippi Innocence Project is working to free a woman who was convicted based on testimony from debunked forensic expert Michael West. Leigh Stubbs was 20 when she decided to […]

Do Philadelphia Eyewitness Practices Measure Up?

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In today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, nationally syndicated columnist Michael Smerconish wrote about the ground-breaking New Jersey case of Henderson and asked whether Philadelphia’s eyewitness procedures are sufficient to protect against an […]

Eyewitness ID reliability case heads to the Supreme Court

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On May 31, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Barion Perry vs. the State of New Hampshire, a case regarding the reliability of eyewitness identification. The Appellate Defender Program, […]

DNA evidence confirms wrong man imprisoned for 25 years

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Michael Morton has spent the past 25 years in prison, convicted of bludgeoning his wife to death in 1986. This month a second set of DNA tests confirmed that hair […]

Kentucky Judge Says Yes.. then No to DNA Testing That Could Prove Innocence

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There are cases where an inmate proclaims his innocence, but the biological material that could prove it can’t be found. This is not one of those cases. There are cases […]