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Illinois: DNA Evidence Exonerates One Man, Implicates Another by On September 28, 2016, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced charges against convicted murderer Osborne Wade, 42, in connection with the brutal sexual assault and murder of a child in 1992. The charges followed an extensive investigation by the State’s ...
$28.1 Million Jury Award after Eighth Circuit Allows Conspiracy Claims in Nebraska Wrongful Conviction Suit by Matthew Clarke On December 31, 2015, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals held that six wrongfully convicted former prisoners could sue Gage County, Nebraska for conspiring to manufacture false evidence; further, law enforcement officials ...
Too Little, Too Late: Prosecutor Remorseful for Sending Innocent Man to Death Row by David Reutter The district attorney who prosecuted Glenn Ford, a Louisiana man exonerated after spending 30 years on death row, called capital punishment “an abomination that continues to scar the fibers of this society.” That statement ...
Kansas Supreme Court Modifies “Exoneration Rule” by Matthew Clarke In an opinion handed down on December 31, 2015, the Supreme Court of Kansas modified the requirement that a criminal defendant be exonerated prior to suing the attorney who represented him (the “exoneration rule”). Under the modification, reversal of a conviction ...
Exonerated Ohio Prisoner’s Claim for Improperly Released Medical Record to Proceed by An Ohio Court of Appeals held a trial court improperly granted summary judgment to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) in a lawsuit claiming invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit was ...
Publication • December 28, 2016
Exonerations 2013, Innocence Network, 2013 INNOCENCE NETWORK EXONERATIONS 2013 CONTENTS I. LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT...................................................................3 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Erika Applebaum Innocence Project of Minnesota II. THE CASES .. .............................................................................................4 1. BENNIE STARKS................................................................................................... 4 2. KRISTINE BUNCH................................................................................................ 4 3. GEORGE ALLEN................................................................................................. 5 Shawn Armbrust Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project 4. RONALD ROSS .................................................................................................. ...
Phoenix Fire Investigators and Insurance Company Implicated in Wrongful Prosecutions by Joe Watson Following a decision by Arizona prosecutors not to criminally charge a pair of Phoenix Fire Department (PFD) investigators who allegedly lied under oath and trained a dog to implicate innocent people, victims have pursued justice through civil ...
Alabama Prisoner Exonerated after Serving 30 Years on Death Row by After almost 30 years, Alabama death row prisoner Anthony Ray Hinton was freed on April 3, 2015 – at the age of 58 – when prosecutors dropped the charges against him. At the time of his release, Hinton, who ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Pennsylvania: Former Cop Indefinitely Jailed for Failure to Supply Passwords by In March 2015, former Philadelphia police sergeant Francis Rawls, 37, was identified as a suspect in a child porno­graphy ring. As part of the investigation, Delaware County authorities confiscated several electronic devices from Rawls’ home and requested that he ...
Wayward Prosecutors Go Unpunished as Prison Time for Victims Piles Up by by Brooke Williams & Shawn Musgrave Massachusetts prosecutors have violated defendants’ rights to a fair trial regularly and without punishment, even as wrongfully convicted victims of tainted prosecutions have spent years in prison before being freed, decades of ...
AL: Insurance Company Required to Pay $2.3M Award in Wrongful Imprisonment Suit by Lonnie Burton Robert Garland and John Tatum were convicted and sentenced in 1991 on federal drug charges. They were later released when, in 1992, Captain Jerry Newton of the Andalusia, Alabama police department admitted to a fellow ...
Few Oklahoma Exonerees Paid for Their Wrongful Incarceration by Matthew Clarke Despite Oklahoma having a wrongful-conviction compensation statute on the books since 2003, few exonerees in that state have received payment. One example of the battles exonerees face is the case of Greg Wilhoit, who was sentenced to death for ...
Illinois Man Falsely Convicted of Rape Released After 20 Years by Matthew Clarke On March 9, 2015, the rape and kidnapping charges against Angel Gonzalez that had held him in prison for nearly 20 years were dismissed. He had been exonerated by DNA evidence. However, he was not immediately released ...
“Demons” Push Chris Conover to Suicide 12 Years after Release by Release from prison is a great relief, and that is especially so for wrongfully convicted persons. The future, however, is wrought with difficulties, obstacles, and prejudice. For Chris Conover, it was a burden that overwhelmed him, pushing him to ...
Article • October 3, 2016 • from PLN October, 2016
New York Prisoner Exonerated after Serving 25 Years by On March 10, 2016, Andre Hatchett, 49, became the 19th person exonerated since Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson strengthened a conviction review unit when he took office in 2014. Hatchett had been convicted of second degree murder for the 1991 death ...
Exonerated Prisoner Appointed to Connecticut’s Parole Board by Christopher Zoukis In an unusual turn of events, a former prisoner was appointed to Connecticut’s Parole Board. While ex-prisoners are typically not considered as parole board members, state officials decided that Kenneth F. Ireland was a qualified candidate. In 1989, when he ...
Wisconsin: Wrongfully Convicted Former Prisoner Receives $6.5 Million by Chaunte D. Ott received a $6.5 million settlement from the City of Milwaukee for spending over 12 years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction, after being cleared by DNA evidence that connected the crime to a serial killer. Ott, now ...
Illinois: Exonerated Prisoner Calls $80,000 Award a Travesty, Retrial Ordered by Gary Hunter Nathson E. Fields spent 18 years in prison due to a conveniently “lost” file that would have cleared him. Fields was a member of the El Rukn street gang when he was convicted of a double homicide ...
Filing • September 27, 2016
Walker v. White, Amended complaint, wrongful conviction case, 2016 <p>Amended complaint filed in Walker v. White - wrongful conviction suit filed on behalf of Jermaine Walker in Illinois federal court.</p> Case: 1:16-cv-07024 Document #: 24 Filed: 09/26/16 Page 1 of 38 PageID #:119 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR ...
Article • September 14, 2016
$15,000 Settlement in D.C. Prisoner’s Bogus Parole Revocation Suit by The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $15,000 to settle the lawsuit of prisoner George Hill for negligence and false imprisonment. On October 15, 1999, Hill surrendered himself to the D.C. Jail, believing there was a parole violation warrant. On September ...
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