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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 […]

Eye-witness recants 23 years after murder

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The sole eyewitness in a 1988 murder case has recanted his testimony, telling an Illinois’ Cook County court that he identified the wrong man. Orlando Lopez recently swore in an […]

Hawaii Innocence Project’s First Exoneration

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On July 21, a judge dismissed all counts against Alvin Francis Jardine III, 41, convicted in 1992 of burglary and rape in the case of 25-year-old Haiku woman. Jardine spent […]

Finally, after 20 years, a rapist pleads guilty

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Today, in Boston, Jerry Dixon was to plead guilty to a 1991 rape. But another man, Anthony Powell, already served 22 years for the crime. Mr. Powell was convicted of […]

Wrongful Convictions Study in Illinois

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The Better Government Association and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law recently conducted an investigation on wrongful convictions in Illinois. The numbers in that state […]

NC Innocence Commission Under Pressure to Exclude Guilty Pleas

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Founded in 2007, the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission examines wrongful conviction claims. 30% of the claims presented to the Commission involve guilty pleas. Now, prosecutors are trying to block […]

Innocence Project Director Speaks Out About Federal Post-Conviction Issues

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An op-ed piece in the National Law Journal this month discusses flaws in the federal habeas corpus process that can keep innocent people in prison. Co-written by Barry C. Scheck, […]

Dallas Man Released after 27 Years in Prison

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Texan Johnny Pinchback was released from prison last Thursday after serving 27 years of a 99-year sentence. Pinchback was wrongfully convicted of raping two teenage girls in 1984, but with […]

Dallas’ Conviction Integrity Unit

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Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina’s NBC affiliate recently produced this segment about Dallas County’s Conviction Integrity Unit and the work that they have done since their founding to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. […]

Victory in Non-DNA Exoneration Case In Utah

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On Monday, Debra Brown was found factually innocent of the murder of her boss and friend, Lael Brown, which occurred on Saturday, November 6, 1993. Debra Brown was the first […]

In Detroit, “Science does not trump the testimony of individuals.”

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DNA proves that Karl Vinson didn’t commit the rape for which he’s spent the last 25 years in prison. Yet he’s still incarcerated because, according to Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor […]

Why Pennsylvania Needs to Record Interrogations

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We’ve often written about false confessions, and how police recording interrogation sessions would reduce the number of wrongful convictions in Pennsylvania. Last week, attorney Peter Vaira brought up these same […]

Virginia Supreme Court Considering Writ of Actual Innocence

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Sentenced to 82 years in prison for the 1995 murder of college student Jennifer Evans, former Navy SEAL trainee Dustin Turner may finally have his conviction overturned now that another […]

Student Reflections on Visiting PIP Clients in Prison

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Two of our law students traveled to SCI-Mahanoy to meet with two potential Pennsylvania Innocence Project clients. We asked them to write a blog post about their experience. JC: When […]

Pardon for Innocent TX Man Who Served 17 Years

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Released in 2004 after serving 17 years in prison for rape, George Rodriguez was finally pardoned this past Friday for a crime that DNA proves he didn’t commit. Convicted in […]

Confession No Longer a Bar to Post-Conviction DNA Testing in Pennsylvania

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At age 17, Anthony Wright confessed to the 1991 rape and murder of 77 year-old Louise Talley. The trial court ruled that the confession was voluntarily made, and could be […]

Washington Post Article Calls Attention to the Need for Standardized Policies on Post-Conviction DNA Testing

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Henry Skinner was 45 minutes away from lethal injection when he received a stay of execution to decide whether to test DNA evidence that could possibly overturn his 1995 murder […]

New York Times Feature Calls Shaken-Baby Convictions into Question

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Last Sunday, the New York Times Magazine’s cover story explored how diagnoses of shaken-baby syndrome are now being called into question, and the legal implications for those who have been […]

82-year-old Philadelphian Released from Prison After 40+ Years

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This past Thursday, a federal court ordered the release 82-year-old Louis Mickens-Thomas, who has served over forty years for a crime that many believe he did not commit. Centurion Ministries, […]

Perjured Testimony Imprisons Innocent Man for 18 Years

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via the San Francisco Chronicle After an 1989 conviction based on false testimony from a police informant, 40-year-old Caramad Conley was released from the San Francisco County Jail on January […]

Exonerees Speak About Life After Prison

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[brightcove vid=743544355001&exp=716758716&w=486&h=412] This video, via the Houston Chronicle, shows the personal and professional challenges that exonerees face after their release from prison. As we have seen before, adjusting to society […]

Texas Man In Prison Since 1979 Declared Innocent

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Source: Dallas Observer via The Innocence Project Texan Cornelius Dupree Jr. had his conviction overturned Tuesday, January 4 for a 1979 rape and robbery he didn’t commit. After spending 30 […]