Exonerations

The FBI has released a report that accuses Chicago police of pressuring four suspects in a 1994 murder case as they gave prosecutors their statements. The four men spent 15 years in prison before 2011 tests matched DNA from the victim’s body to...
by Associated Press
10:41am
7.21.2017
A top Brooklyn politician pressed the state Tuesday to set up a special commission to investigate wrongful convictions and pinpoint the problems—and people—to blame. Borough President Eric Adams represents a county where more than two dozen murder...
by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
9:11am
7.19.2017
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A man who spent 21 years behind bars for murder was set free Wednesday after prosecutors abandoned his conviction, saying their office improperly withheld information and allowed a mistaken impression that a wounded eyewitness implicated him.
by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
9:30am
7.14.2017
Eugene Wright was unable to pay bail after being arrested and accused of murdering his 1-year-old daughter—25 months went by before authorities fetched records from his cellphone that proved his alibi, his attorney said. The lawyer said the police...
by Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier
11:35am
7.5.2017
The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was improperly obtained and he should be retried or released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Thursday.
by Todd Richmond and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press
10:09am
6.23.2017
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Freedom awaits a man imprisoned for 36 years before a federal judge threw out his murder conviction and life sentence for a newspaper editor’s stabbing in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
by Kevin McGill and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
9:46am
6.22.2017
A Detroit man who spent four decades in prison was freed on Thursday after prosecutors agreed that his 1976 murder conviction hinged on the flimsiest of evidence: a single hair. Ledura Watkins, 61, walked out of the Wayne County Jail in downtown...
by Corey Williams and Ed White, Associated Press
9:55am
6.16.2017
A judge on Friday threw out the murder conviction of a Detroit man who has been in prison for 25 years after new tests on bullets supported his remarkable claim that police framed him with bogus evidence. Desmond Ricks, now 51, will be released from...
by Ed White, Associated Press
11:44am
5.26.2017
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A Chicago man sentenced to life in prison for a fatal fire in 1993 has been released after prosecutors, citing advancements in fire science, dismissed the charges. Adam Gray was 14 when the fire killed two people on the city's southwest side.
by Associated Press
11:00am
5.5.2017
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Colorado's practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the Constitution. The 7-1 decision sided with two people whose...
by Associated Press
12:18pm
4.20.2017
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Cuyahoga County prosecutors on Monday filed a motion to vacate the 1995 murder conviction of a man who has spent 23 years in prison for killing his girlfriend. DNA tests revealed that Evin King's DNA did not match samples from the crime scene.
by Cory Shaffer, Cleveland.com
10:27am
4.18.2017
Virginia's governor pardoned four former sailors who became known as the "Norfolk Four," ending a decades-long fight to clear the men of rape and murder convictions based on intimidating police interrogations. The governor granted absolute pardons...
by Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press
2:40pm
3.22.2017
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African-American prisoners who were convicted of murder are about 50 percent more likely to be innocent than other convicted murderers and spend longer in prison before exoneration, according to a report based on data from 2016.
by Michigan State University
9:16am
3.8.2017
The number of people exonerated in the U.S. rose again in 2016, with more than half of them involved in cases in which it was later determined no crime occurred, according to a report released Tuesday.
by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press
9:46am
3.7.2017
Two men who served decades behind bars for a brutal 1989 gang rape have both been released and exonerated, based on complex DNA mixture interpretation. The rape charge and conviction of Roosevelt Glenn—which had kept him in prison for 16 years—were...
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12:33pm
2.6.2017
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Last week, prosecutors formally dropped charges against a man who spent 23 years behind bars for a 1992 crime spree that included rape, robbery and the slaying of a British tourist. Legal advocates working on behalf of Robert Jones had long argued...
by Kevin McGill, Associated Press
12:16pm
2.1.2017
Tyler Edmonds is seeking the $50,000 per year allowed under the Mississippi Wrongful Conviction Statute for the four years he was incarcerated after being convicted of murder and later exonerated. The county circuit court ruled Edmonds was not...
by William Moore, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
10:29am
1.26.2017
A judge overturned a former security guard’s conviction Monday for an 18-year-old woman’s shooting death in a Palmdale park-and-ride lot nearly 17 years ago, noting that new evidence points to gang members who may have killed her during a robbery.
by CBSLA
10:42am
1.24.2017
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