Man Receives 6.42 Million in Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit

Alejandra de la Fuente — October 25, 2016 @ 4:00 PM — Comments (0)

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This week we congratulate former Greensboro resident LaMonte Armstrong for being paid 6.42 million dollars by the city of Greensboro, North Carolina because of his wrongful conviction in 1995.

Armstrong was exonerated in 2013 of a murder he did not commit. From the start, the case against Armstrong was shaky. The charges against him rested on testimony from Charles Blackwell, a police informant who later revealed he was paid $200 dollars for his testimony and later threatened with jail time for the murder if he didn’t testify.

In 2010, the case crumbled when Blackwell recanted his testimony and admitted to the detective misconduct rampant in the investigation. The Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic took on the case in 2011 and discovered through DNA testing that a palm print found at the scene of the crime did not match Armstrong but a convicted felon who had briefly been a suspect in 1992.

After Armstrong was exonerated, the state gave him $750,000 in compensation as well as a governor’s pardon from Pat McCrory. However, because of the aforementioned detective misconduct, he filed a lawsuit against the city of Greensboro in 2013. On October 21th of this year, Armstrong and his attorney David Rudolf won the case 5-1.

Armstrong currently works as a peer counselor at a Durham nonprofit that helps substance abuse survivors and people caught up in the criminal justice system. “It seems to me that the more I continue to be of service to my fellow man and help people, the more that God continues to serve me,” Armstrong told N&R Greensboro.

Although money will never be able to give LaMonte Armstrong the years he lost in prison, compensation is an important part of helping victims of wrongful conviction find justice and rebuild their lives after prison. To find out more about Florida’s own compensation laws and how you can help, be sure to follow the link below.

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Lawrence McKinney Granted Exoneration Hearing

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Last month, an article was posted to our blog about Lawrence McKinney’s request for exoneration and Tennessee State Representative Mark Pody’s frustration with how long that process was taking. Nike Roshe Run Two femme Now, New Balance 446 femme some progress has finally been made, Doudoune Parajumpers Angie Master as the Tennessee Board of Parole recently granted McKinney an exoneration hearing. asics onitsuka tiger homme The board is responsible for reviewing applications such as McKinney’s and gives recommendations to the governor, Nike Flyknit Lunar homme who makes the final decision on exoneration requests. Adidas Superstar Femme If McKinney is exonerated, Nike Pas Cher it will make him eligible to file for compensation for his wrongful conviction. Nike Air Max 98 Homme David Raybin and Jack Lowery, New Balance 533 homme whom Pody referred to as “good legal representation,” will represent McKinney at the upcoming hearing,

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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: May 23

Alejandra de la Fuente — October 23, 2016 @ 9:38 AM — Comments (0)

Happy exoneration anniversary Marvin Mitchell and Orlando Boquete! Marvin was exonerated in Massachusetts in 1997 with help from the Innocence Project. nike air zoom pegasus 33 donna marvin Orlando is one of Florida’s very own exonerees and was exonerated in 2006 with help from the Innocence Project. asics kayano 23 femme He spent 13 years in prison for attempted sexual battery and burglary that he did not commit. New Balance 1300 homme Unfortunately, Chaussures New Balance he is ineligible for compensation because he managed to escape from his wrongful conviction twice before filing a motion on his own seeking DNA testing in 2003, nike internationalist femme the results of which proved he was not the perpetrator. He did, New Balance 373 femme however, Air Jordan 3 Homme fulfill his dream of becoming a U.S. Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost Homme naturalized citizen on March 27, 2015. nike tn homme 2017 Orlando and IPF have maintained close ties since his release, Nike Air Max Thea Homme Noir where we have helped him with myriad reentry issues. You can read more about his case here.

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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: July 22

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Happy exoneration anniversary Rodell Sanders! Rodell was exonerated in Illinois in 2014 with help from the Exoneration Project.

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Tennessee Lawmaker Frustrated with Exoneration Process

Alejandra de la Fuente — October 21, 2016 @ 1:26 PM — Comments (1)

Although the growing number of exonerations is something to celebrate, the exoneration process is a lengthy one—something that a Tennessee lawmaker has recently expressed his frustrations about. Nike Air Max 2016 Homme State Representative Mark Pody got involved in the effort to exonerate Lawrence McKinney about six months ago. McKinney was convicted in 1978 for a rape and burglary that he did not commit and was sentenced to 100 years and 10-15 years, respectively. nike air presto bambini After DNA evidence showed he was not responsible, McKinney was released in 2009 after spending 31 years wrongfully incarcerated. McKinney then had his record expunged, but it was not enough for him. Adidas Yeezy 350 Femme He has been fighting for his exoneration, in which the state would declare him innocent, making him eligible to file for compensation. Asics Gel Kayano Evo Homme After getting involved in the case, Pody now feels the board of parole misled him on how long it would take for them to provide Governor Bill Haslam with a recommendation to consider on McKinney’s exoneration. Adidas Zx Flux Homme Rouge In March, the parole board was provided with the information they needed in order to review McKinney’s case. nike air max 90 uomo According to Pody, he was told several weeks later that the board would provide a recommendation by early June. Nike Air Max 90 Femme Noir Et Blanc Last week, however, Pody was told that board members had not yet received the information and that a September hearing may be a possibility. In addition, he was also told that the governor, who ultimately decides exoneration requests and does not have to adhere to the board’s recommendation, usually makes those decisions near the end of a term, which for Haslam would be January 2019. New Balance 997 homme According to the Tennessee Board of Parole, however, Pody was told that board members would receive the information materials within two weeks. Expressing his frustration with the process during a press conference, Pody reminded those involved that they are dealing with someone’s life, and demanded specific dates and people for when and by whom McKinney’s exoneration request would be addressed. Senator Mae Beavers agreed with Pody, stating that people should have a right to a speedy exoneration just as they have a right to a speedy trial. nike tn femme blanche This is actually McKinney’s second request for exoneration, as he applied soon after his release from prison.

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Florida Supreme Court Sets New Standards for State Death Penalty

Alejandra de la Fuente — October 18, 2016 @ 4:29 PM — Comments (0)

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The Florida Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state’s new death penalty law is unconstitutional. The Court has additionally called for death sentences to be determined by a unanimous jury. This news has caused a major shift in Florida’s criminal justice system with a large number of inmates awaiting possible re-sentencing on Death Row.

““We … hold, based on Florida’s requirement for unanimity in jury verdicts, and under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution, that in order for the trial court to impose a sentence of death, the jury’s recommended sentence of death must be unanimous,” said the Florida Supreme Court.

Now, Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature must return to the drawing board, throwing out their original law which allowed for 10 out of 12 members of a jury to be able to impose a death sentence.

What does this mean for all the inmates on death row? Potentially, over 400 of the prisoners on death row in Florida now have a potential way to seek less severe sentences and be taken off death row altogether. This ruling will also offer greater changes to innocent people who have been given a death sentence for a crime they didn’t commit. “Racial disparities, over-zealous prosecutors and a lack of resources for defense counsel continue to plague death penalty cases,” said Howard Simon, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

While the way this ruling will affect past cases is unclear, its significance is clear and a sign of the growing doubt being cast on the purpose and justice behind the death penalty in the United States.

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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: June 18

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Happy exoneration anniversary Eugene Gilyard and Mark West! Eugene was exonerated in Pennsylvania in 2014 with help from the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: March 17

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Happy exoneration anniversary Arthur Mumphrey! Arthur was exonerated in Texas in 2006.

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Clark County DA Creates First Conviction Integrity Unit in Nevada

Alejandra de la Fuente — October 14, 2016 @ 1:00 PM — Comments (1)

With the recent public attention on wrongful convictions and the ever-increasing number of exonerations, several district attorneys’ offices have established Conviction Integrity Units (CIU) to review past convictions. Adidas Gazelle Homme That includes Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson’s recent announcement that he plans to create a CIU for his office, which will feature a three-person staff consisting of a chief deputy district attorney, a paralegal, and an investigator. The Clark County Board of County Commissioners recently approved a budget for the next fiscal year that included those positions. The purpose of Nevada’s first CIU is to re-examine cases in which new evidence has been discovered that suggests actual innocence, and to prevent future wrongful convictions by adopting and implementing the best practices for prosecution. Wolfson conveyed his excitement about the new unit, comparing his office to other major jurisdictions across the United States and remarking on the importance of establishing a formal unit to review cases where new evidence of innocence is discovered. He stated that while they stand by all of their convictions, they would look into a case if something were brought to their attention. Adidas Zx Flux Femme Fleur Not everyone was receptive to the new Clark County CIU, however, namely the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center (RMIC), which has been fighting to free the wrongfully convicted in Nevada for over 15 years. Asics Gel Lyte 3 Femme Blanche Expressing their doubts about Wolfson’s approach, those at the center feel that in order to guarantee integrity, CIU staff should consist of independent criminal law experts who are unaffiliated with the DA’s office and have the authority and autonomy to investigate innocence claims and thoroughly review cases. They went on to suggest that they worry Wolfson’s establishment of a CIU is just for show. Referencing the highly respected CIUs in Dallas County, Texas and Brooklyn, New York, those at the RMIC said that these units closely collaborated with local and national innocence projects, legal defenders associations, and other important criminal justice professionals. Nike Air Max Thea Femme Rose They went on to say that the Clark County DA’s Office only met with them once at their request, and has failed to engage local defense experts or associations in a meaningful way. New Balance 993 homme The RMIC also raised concerns about Wolfson’s statement that his office stands by all of their convictions. Adidas Zx Flux Homme Rouge Citing the 1,792 exonerations across the US, likelihood of human error, and known causes of wrongful conviction, those at the center are disappointed that Wolfson believes Clark County has had no contribution to the number of wrongful convictions nationwide. Parajumpers Femme Adirondack They stated that the justice system consists of people, and that people make mistakes and no system or one person is free from flaw, so they know that there are innocent people in Nevada’s prisons. New Balance 420 femme They went on to say that when these important units are established, a well thought out, respected, and transparent CIU would implement the best practices and acknowledge that human error is possible.

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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: April 14

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Happy exoneration anniversary Nathaniel Hatchett! Nathaniel was exonerated in Michigan in 2008 with help from the Cooley Innocence Project.

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