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Eugene Gilyard is Home!

Last Friday, after a whirlwind week, Eugene Gilyard came home to his family after over 15 years. The homecoming was an emotional high point after years of battling to prove […]

CBS Philly: Philly Murder Case Reversals Bring Call For Review

A city judge ruled last year that Philadelphia prosecutors had “sanitized” evidence that led to a 1986 death sentence. This summer, a federal judge said “shaky eyewitness identifications” had condemned […]

Philadelphia Inquirer: Judge orders new trial for 2 in ’95 murder

Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder are still serving the life prison terms they began 15 years ago for the robbery-murder of North Philadelphia businessman Thomas Keal. But Tuesday brought them […]

Eugene Gilyard, Part 5: Evidence is Closed – Finally

A few days before we returned to court, the District Attorney’s Office provided us with the evidence they’d gathered which they felt showed that Rolex’ confession to the murder of […]

Eugene Gilyard, Part 4: Eugene Finally Gets His Days in Court

The Court set hearings for Eugene and his co-defendant, Lance Felder, for the week of July 15. The weeks before, our summer interns were all involved in trying to make […]

Eugene Gilyard, Part 2: Investigations Take Time

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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!

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

      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?

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

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

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

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!

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”

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 […] ‘Near miss’ for one wrongfully accused

By Marissa Boyers Bluestine Last week, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office withdrew murder charges against a man it determined to be innocent. Tahmir Craig was charged with the Memorial […]