December 10, 2014

Detroit Today shares the story of Donya Davis, who was exonerated in June with the help of the Cooley Innocence Clinic at Western Michigan University.  Davis stood trial once for rape without being convicted following a mistrial, then was convicted following a bench trial and was sentenced to 22 years in prison.  Listen to the full story of his exoneration:

Read here about new developments in LAI Client Juan Rivera’s wrongful conviction case.  Juan was imprisoned for 19 years following a murder conviction in Lake County, Illinois in 1992.  He was freed following a third trial in which DNA evidence exculpated him from the crime.  Rivera’s attorneys have brought a federal lawsuit against Waukegan police for planting the evidence that led to his original convcition.

Finally, read about new exoneree Kwame Ajamu, who at the age of 17 was convicted, along with two other men, of the murder of a Cleveland man in 1975.  The case against Ajamu and his co-defendants fell apart last month after the state’s key witness, Eddie Vernon, who was only 12 at the time, recanted his testimony.  Ajamu was released on parole in 2003, but with the help of the Ohio Innocence Project, he can now live his life as both a free and innocent man.

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