Exonerations

A Nevada woman who was twice convicted of a 2001 murder and sexual mutilation that she maintained happened while she was more than 150 miles away was exonerated Friday by a state judge in Las Vegas.
by Ken Ritter, Associated Press
9:42am
1.2.2018
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued pardons to 57 individuals and commutations to two individuals.
by New York State
11:25am
12.29.2017
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A New York City man who spent more than 25 years behind bars for rape and robbery has been set free after prosecutors on Wednesday asked to vacate his conviction because he had been falsely identified.
by Associated Press
12:17pm
12.21.2017
California man who spent 15 years in prison for shaking his baby to death was freed Saturday, one day after a judge set aside his conviction. Zavion Johnson, 34, walked out of the Sacramento County jail, where he was being held while his court case...
by Don Thompson, Associated Press
12:03pm
12.11.2017
One by one, the men told the same story: A Chicago police officer would demand money from them. And if they didn't pay, they would find themselves in handcuffs with drugs stuffed in their pockets. A Cook County judge on Thursday threw out the felony...
by Don Babwin, Associated Press
10:45am
11.17.2017
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A Louisiana man could be freed Tuesday after nearly 50 years in prison for a rape conviction recently thrown out by a judge who concluded authorities withheld evidence. State District Court Judge Richard Anderson overturned Wilbert Jones' conviction...
by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
12:05pm
11.14.2017
The top judge in New York has issued an order to all criminal judges: Remind prosecutors and defense attorneys of their professional obligations during the course of trials.
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12:23pm
11.9.2017
Texas is seeing a decrease in the number of wrongfully convicted people receiving compensation. Mike Ware, the executive director of the Innocence Project of Texas, said that it’s becoming more difficult and time-consuming to identify, investigate...
by Associated Press
1:06pm
10.24.2017
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A Massachusetts man who was behind bars for more than 30 years based on the flawed FBI analysis of a single hair has become the first person to have his conviction vacated and dismissed based on an ongoing, sweeping review of decades of hair...
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12:12pm
10.23.2017
Over a year ago, a group of students in Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Policy Program (CJPP) began working to propel forensic science reform in Massachusetts. On Oct. 2, the students’ work on forensic science reform culminated in a Wrongful...
by Harvard Law School
12:19pm
10.18.2017
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A man imprisoned for 16 years for a double murder is today free, after a fifth murder trial found him not guilty. Selwyn Days had been arrested and convicted twice for the 1996 killings of Archie Harris, 79, and his home health aide Betty Ramcharan...
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12:47pm
9.14.2017
A federal appeals court says a Wisconsin man who was wrongly imprisoned for 23 years can sue the detective and two dentists he says conspired to frame him with bogus bite-mark evidence.
by Associated Press
10:09am
8.25.2017
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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
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
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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
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
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