Ohio Man Spent 45 Years in Jail for Murder While Proof of True Killer Sat in Police Files

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Isiah Andrews is probably the only 82 year old in Ohio who is happy to be outside and does not care that there is a pandemic going on. That’s because, thanks to the work of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) at the University of Cincinnati, he was just freed after spending 45 years in jail… Continue reading Ohio Man Spent 45 Years in Jail for Murder While Proof of True Killer Sat in Police Files

Progressive New Law in Virginia Removes Barriers to Proving Actual Innocence

Gov. Ralph Northam chose this Easter weekend to sign into laws sweeping progressive reforms including (1) making Virginia the first state in the South to enact comprehensive protections for the LGBTQ community against discrimination in housing, employment, public spaces, and credit applications; (2) repealing “medically-unnecessary restrictions on women’s healthcare,” including ultrasound requirements and 24-hour waiting periods… Continue reading Progressive New Law in Virginia Removes Barriers to Proving Actual Innocence

Its Wrong to Make Wrongly Convicted Drop Legal Claims In Exchange for Freedom

Stephanie Clifford of the New York Times last Tuesday wrote a piece on a growing trend among prosecutors facing motions to vacate wrongful convictions: They will consent to the motion if the defendant agrees to waive his right to seek money damages for his wrongful conviction. The story focuses on the Philadelphia case of Jimmy… Continue reading Its Wrong to Make Wrongly Convicted Drop Legal Claims In Exchange for Freedom

Missouri Judge Won’t Reverse Lamar Johnson’s Conviction Even Though D.A. Says Her Office Engaged in Serious Misconduct

In a case showing just how much the criminal justice system favors form and finality over substance, a Missouri judge has denied a request by the St Louis District Attorney’s Office to overturn the conviction of Lamar Johnson, who is serving his 24th year of incarceration. Particularly shocking is that the St Louis DA Kim… Continue reading Missouri Judge Won’t Reverse Lamar Johnson’s Conviction Even Though D.A. Says Her Office Engaged in Serious Misconduct

What Keith Bush’s Exoneration Teaches Us About Wrongful Convictions

Keith Bush  spent 33 years in prison for the attempted rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl on Long Island. He was exonerated at an emotional court hearing in Suffolk County Wednesday. For those interested in working in the field of wrongful convictions or those who just have a general interest in these types of cases,… Continue reading What Keith Bush’s Exoneration Teaches Us About Wrongful Convictions

SCOTUS Won’t Overturn $28MM Wrongful Conviction Verdict from Nebraska

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a rural Nebraska county’s appeal of a $28 million court judgment rendered in 2016 compensating six people wrongfully convicted of a 1985 rape and slaying. Gage County had filed a writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to look at the verdict after a Federal appeals court upheld the… Continue reading SCOTUS Won’t Overturn $28MM Wrongful Conviction Verdict from Nebraska

Three Sotomayor Dissents on Death Penalty Cases Are the Voice of Reason on the Issue

Official Portrait of Justice Sonia Sotomayor

I am opposed to the death penalty. While my opposition principally comes from my work in wrongful conviction cases, my opposition is to the death penalty in all cases – even where the evidence of guilt is overwhelming or where the details of the crime are horrific and gruesome. I just feel it is a… Continue reading Three Sotomayor Dissents on Death Penalty Cases Are the Voice of Reason on the Issue

Want to Help Fight Wrongful Convictions? Sit on a Jury!

Letters, I get letters

Not a month goes by that I don’t receive a phone call from some family member, friend, or friend of a family member, or family member of a friend, asking “What’s the best way to get out of jury service?” With about the same or similar frequency I get asked “I see that you are… Continue reading Want to Help Fight Wrongful Convictions? Sit on a Jury!

NY Ct.: We Have Broad Powers to Correct Systemic Wrongs

Det. Louis Scarcella Photo courtesy of John Taggart/NY Times

In powerful language that will likely find its way into many future briefs to overturn wrongful convictions, a NY appeals court has reminded everyone that, when it comes to the criminal justice system, courts should not place form over substance. The case is People v. Hargrove 2018 WL 1833080, and it was handed down on… Continue reading NY Ct.: We Have Broad Powers to Correct Systemic Wrongs