Category Archives: Innocence Project

Boxer on death row for 48 years proven innocent after a DNA test

Justice and DNA1A former professional boxer who was on death row for 48 years has been freed after DNA tests undermined a key piece of evidence against him.
Iwao Hakamada was released after the tests proved blood-stained clothing used in his prosecution did not belong to him. The 78-year-old has a Guinness world record as the longest-serving death row inmate of all time.

Nebraska Supreme Court denies convicted man’s request for DNA testing of evidence in his case

CourtOMAHA, Nebraska — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday nixed a request for DNA testing of evidence gathered in the case of a man serving life in prison for shooting another man to death at an Omaha restaurant drive-thru.

Wyoming House throws hurdle in front of exonerated man

Scales of JusticeCHEYENNE — Andrew Johnson may have to go back to court if he wants the state to compensate him for the 23 years he wrongfully spent behind bars.
The House passed Senate File 30 today, which requires individuals exonerated based on DNA evidence to return to court to prove their innocence in return for compensation. In the original version of the bill, anyone exonerated as a result of DNA evidence would have been eligible for up to $500,000 without having to return to court. But an amendment added the requirement that the exonerated prisoner return to court.

Innocence Project’s Barry Scheck gets on board 20-year-old Tulsa infant-murder case

DNA4A national organization that assists convicted prisoners in efforts to prove their innocence based on DNA testing has entered post-conviction proceedings in a Tulsa County murder case in which a teenage mother was convicted of murdering her infant son almost 20 years ago.

State agrees to some DNA testing in 1998 murder case

DNA imageBLOOMINGTON — Lawyers for a Bloomington man convicted in 1999 of killing his daughter said Wednesday they will expand their request for DNA testing of evidence they believe will point to the child’s real killer: a woman serving 55 years for killing her mother-in-law in 2012.

DNA Diagnostics Center – Forensics Proved Florida Man’s Innocence After Being Wrongfully Imprisoned for Nine Years

Scales of JusticeFAIRFIELD, Ohio, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — According to Hillsborough County Circuit Court, Case #02-CF-15542, and Florida Dept of Law Enforcement, Case # 20030300771, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, the Florida State Attorney’s Office for the 13th Judicial Circuit dropped all charges against Cheydrick Britt related to a 2002 sexual battery charge based on new DNA test results conducted by the Forensics team at DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) in Fairfield, Ohio, led by Dr. Julie Heinig, the Forensic Director and DNA Technical Leader. DDC is the world’s largest provider of private DNA tests in the country, and Mr. Britt-who spent over 9 years wrongfully convicted and incarcerated-is the 7th such case that DDC has proved an inmate’s innocence.

New DNA testing frees N.J. man 18 years after murder trial

Gerard RichardsonNEWARK — A New Jersey man imprisoned for nearly two decades for a murder he said he didn’t commit walked out of a federal courthouse Tuesday, a day after a judge threw out his 1995 conviction over bite-mark evidence.

$25,000 for 23 years isn’t justice

DNA GraphicNo amount of money can bring back the 23 years Robert Stinson lost in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.
But the state’s maximum payout of $25,000 is far too low and insulting.

Clark County to pay $10.5M to 2 wrongly convicted men

Scales of JusticeVANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – Two men wrongfully convicted of a 1993 rape and imprisoned for 17 years will be getting $10.5 million from Clark County, Wash.

Convicted rapist won’t get new trial, is sent back to Angola by judge

GavelOne of the most tangled sagas in recent memory at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court came to an unexpected end Wednesday, when a judge reversed his own order and sent a convicted rapist, once seemingly exonerated, back to prison for the rest of his life.

Peekskill, NY OKs $5M for exonerated ex-inmate

DNA and justiceNEW YORK (AP) — The city of Peekskill has approved a $5.4 million settlement with a man who spent 16 years in prison for a killing he didn’t commit.

Man wrongfully imprisoned 17 years awarded $1.2M

Scales of JusticeGRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A judge has ordered Colorado to pay $1.2 million to a man who served 17 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of murder.

UW law students litigate wrongful convictions

Justice and DNAIn 1994, Joseph Frey was wrongly convicted of sexual assault and kidnapping. He was sentenced to 102 years in prison.
Everyone knew the semen stains found on the victim’s bed were not his, Professor Keith Findley, co-director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, said, but the state continued to claim that another person must have deposited them at some other time during an act of consensual sex.

Innocence Project says DNA exonerates suspect convicted in ’94 Bernards murder

unique strandAfter a Somerset County jury convicted Gerard Richardson in 1995 of the heinous murder of a 19-year-old Elizabeth woman, he remained defiant.

Judge fires 34-year court veteran for good deed

A Kansas City man freed from prison three decades after being wrongfully convicted of rape considers Sharon Snyder his “angel” for giving him a public document that showed him how to properly seek DNA tests. A Jackson County Circuit judge considers the 34-year court employee an insubordinate for offering legal advice and being too chatty about courthouse matters.

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