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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: July 30

Kate Mathis — July 30, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — Comments (0)

Happy exoneration anniversary Larry Johnson and Cameron Thomas!

Larry was exonerated in Missouri in 2002 with help from the Innocence Project.

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Cameron was exonerated in Texas in 2014.

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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: July 27

Kate Mathis — July 27, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — Comments (2)

Happy exoneration anniversary Robert Lee Stinson, Reginald Connor, and Everton Wagstaffe!

Robert was exonerated in Wisconsin in 2009 with help from the Wisconsin Innocence Project.

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Reginald and Everton were convicted of the same crime in New York and were exonerated last year with help from the Innocence Project.

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Innocence Project Hires Exoneree

Kate Mathis — July 22, 2016 @ 1:00 PM — Comments (0)

Jarrett Adams has not let his wrongful conviction stop him from being successful. Despite insisting that sex he and two others had with a woman in a college dormitory was consensual, he was sentenced to 28 years in prison for rape when he was 17 years old. After spending almost eight years behind bars, Adams was exonerated in January 2007 after the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that he had received ineffective counsel because his trial attorney neglected to call a witness who had seen the woman smoking cigarettes with the three men in a dorm common area after the encounter. Following his release, unlike many individuals who struggle to readjust to life outside of prison, Adams did just the opposite by joining the other side of the criminal justice system.

After the Wisconsin Innocence Project helped exonerate him, Adams attended Loyola University Law School. Following his graduation last year, he worked for 7th Circuit Judge Ann Claire Williams and U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts of the Southern District of New York in a dual clerkship. Now, Adams is formally joining the innocence movement that helped set him free by working for the organization that many would argue initiated the fight for justice for the wrongfully convicted.

Adams’ wife accepted a job in New York City, and after passing the New York Bar exam in February, he too found a job in the Big Apple where he will now serve as a post-conviction litigation fellow for the Innocence Project. Law practice is something he has been passionate about for some time, as Adams said that he was moved from a Wisconsin maximum-security prison to a supermax facility with fewer privileges because he was considered a security threat since he had become such an effective jailhouse lawyer by helping other inmates while he was in prison.

Adams credited his success to his faith and hard work, and hopes that he will be an example for others facing obstacles.

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New Podcast on Wrongful Conviction

Kate Mathis — July 19, 2016 @ 1:00 PM — Comments (0)

More good news for Serial fans: there is another podcast coming out that will focus on wrongful conviction. The original series, called Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom, will be available on reVolver Podcasts and will detail the individual stories of people who have been wrongfully convicted. The episodes will be drawn from actual case files of the Innocence Project, and will feature exclusive details about exonerees’ experiences throughout their wrongful convictions. Research and data for each episode will also be provided by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute revered for their research and advocacy regarding mass incarceration.

Flom is an American music industry executive, CEO of Lava Records, and a Founding Board Member of the Innocence Project. To celebrate the release of the original series, the podcast host has pledged to donate up to $1 million to the Innocence Project, donating $1 for every consumer download from September through December. In discussing the podcast, Flom called for reforms to the criminal justice system and hopes that people will be inspired to join him in the innocence movement.

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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: July 19

Kate Mathis — July 19, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — Comments (0)

Happy exoneration anniversary Johnny Briscoe, Sedrick Courtney, and Andrew Johnson!

Johnny was exonerated in Missouri in 2006 with help from Centurion Ministries.

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Sedrick was exonerated in Oklahoma in 2012 with help from the Innocence Project.

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Andrew was exonerated in Wyoming in 2013 with help from the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center.

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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: July 9

Kate Mathis — July 09, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — Comments (0)

Happy exoneration anniversary Keith Brown and Byron Halsey!

Keith was exonerated in North Carolina in 1997.

Byron was exonerated in New Jersey in 2007 with help from the Innocence Project.

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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: July 6

Kate Mathis — July 06, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — Comments (0)

Happy exoneration anniversary Alan Newton and Andre Davis!

Alan was exonerated in New York in 2006 with help from the Innocence Project.

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Andre was exonerated in Illinois in 2012 with help from the Center on Wrongful Convictions.

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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: July 5

Kate Mathis — July 05, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — Comments (0)

Happy exoneration anniversary William Gregory!

William was exonerated in Kentucky in 2000 with help from the Innocence Project.

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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: July 2

Kate Mathis — July 02, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — Comments (0)

Happy exoneration anniversary Kenneth Adams, Dennis Williams, and Willie Rainge!

All three men, along with Verneal Jimerson, were convicted of the same crime and were known as the “Ford Heights Four.” Verneal was the first to be exonerated on June 24, 1996, while Kenneth, Dennis, and Willie were exonerated shortly thereafter on July 2 that year. They all received help from the Innocence Project.

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Today in Wrongful Conviction History: July 1

Kate Mathis — July 01, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — Comments (0)

Happy exoneration anniversary James Richardson and Dwayne Jackson!

James was exonerated in West Virginia in 1999 with help from the Innocence Project.

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Dwayne was exonerated in Nevada in 2011.

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