Exoneration Round Up – April 7, 2015

  • Please purchase a ticket for our annual Life After Innocence (“LAI”) spring luncheon on May 15th featuring Serial producer Dana Chivvis. See more details about the luncheon and buy your tickets or tables here.
  • Check out this video featuring exoneree Jarrett Adams and LAI Director  Laura Caldwell discussing post-exoneration needs and Jarrett’s Life After Justice house project. Also, please note the shots of hardworking LAI alumni in the background.
  • Listen to this NPR interview with LAI client Angel Gonzalez and Illinois Innocence Project attorney Lauren Kaeseberg, who worked to exonerate Angel a month ago.
  • Read this Atlantic piece on how exoneration from death row does not guarantee justice. The article profiles Anthony Ray Hinton, who was freed last week in Alabama after serving 30 years for a murder he did not commit. Hinton is not unique – a 2014 study found that 120 Americans on death row were not guilty. Even worse, death row exonerees are not guaranteed compensation or even basic human acknowledgement from the individuals and institutions that failed them in the first place. For example, Louisiana Judge Katherine Dorroh ruled that death row exoneree Glenn Ford, who is dying of cancer, is ineligible for compensation and said he “did not have clean hands” because 30 years ago he got rid of evidence related to the murder he never committed. Similarly, a judge ruled that Ohio exoneree Dale Johnston, who has been freed for 15 years, won’t be awarded compensation despite two other men confessing to his alleged crime in 2008. These examples obviously illustrate a grave injustice that must be reformed if prosecutors and judges are to reconcile with their mistakes and heal the public trust. This in-depth BuzzFeedNews report also delineates more of the difficulties currently facing exonerates upon release.
  • Ponder this frustrating investigative story – titled “Ring of Snitches” – detailing how Detroit police used jailhouse informants who received more lenient sentences to secure wrongful murder convictions for innocent young black men.
  • Read here about how the Ohio Innocence Project helped overturn the convictions for three men wrongfully incarcerated for a 20-year-old murder. Congratulations to Derrick Wheatt, Laurese Glover, and Eugene Johnson.
  • Finally, watch Debra Milke’s statement from two weeks ago regarding her exoneration (the Arizona woman was released on bond in 2013) in the heartbreaking murder of her son.
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