Northern California Innocence Project

This blog will contain information and updates on issues surrounding wrongful conviction.


Man Wrongfully Convicted of Arson-Murder Released After 24 Years

Han Tak Lee, 79, was released Friday after spending 24 years behind bars in a Pennsylvania prison for a wrongful arson-murder conviction. A federal judge ruled this month that the conviction was based on faulty fire science and ultimately overturned

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Arson Research Project’s Live “Burn” Highlights Common Causes of Faulty Fire Science

It was a dreary morning on Treasure Island on Thursday, August 14th, 2014, as a group of curious public defenders, detectives, and prosecutors came together for arson investigator Paul Bieber’s showcase event: a live burn of two furnished mockups, one

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NCIP-Sponsored Bill to Help Prevent Wrongful Convictions Heads to Governor Brown

California Senate Bill 1058, which would help exonerate innocent men and women who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes, is headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Authored by Senator Mark Leno, the legislation would allow a judge to overturn a wrongful

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New Evidence Revealed in Potential Wrongful Execution Case

The Marshall Project, a newly formed nonprofit criminal justice journalism group, wrote a story published in the Washington Post today revealing new evidence of misconduct by a Texas prosecutor that may have led to the wrongful execution of Cameron Todd

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Federal Review of Forensic Errors by FBI Lab Resumed

This month, the Department of Justice ordered the continuation of a massive reinvestigation of thousands of criminal cases from the 1980s and 1990s that most likely include flawed forensic testimony from an FBI unit. The FBI post-conviction review started in

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Man Exonerated Through DNA Evidence – Without Seeking Testing

After years of proclaiming his innocence of a rape in Texas for which he was convicted, Michael Phillips, 57, had done his time and resigned himself to a lifetime of registering as a sex offender. But he was exonerated by

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Washington D.C. Man Exonerated Through DNA Evidence

Kevin Martin spent 26 years behind bars for a wrongful murder conviction until a Washington D.C. Superior Court judge exonerated him on Monday, citing new DNA evidence that ultimately proved Martin’s innocence. In 1982, 19-year-old Ursula C. Brown was abducted,

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Watch “The Divide,” a New TV Drama Inspired by Innocence Work

Be sure to catch “The Divide,” tonight – it’s a legal drama series inspired by innocence work which premiered last Wednesday on WE TV at 9/8c. The thrilling eight-episode series, created by “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn and fellow creator and

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LinkedIn Employee Volunteers Spend a Day Helping Free the Innocent

Santa Clara Law’s Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) and Center for Social Justice and Public Service (CSJ) hosted six employees from LinkedIn today, who volunteered as part of LinkedIn for Good (LIFG) Foundation’s inDay. The LinkedIn team learned about wrongful

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NCIP Exoneree Maurice Caldwell Speaks with Santa Clara Law Students and Interns

NCIP exoneree Maurice Caldwell spoke with Santa Clara Law students, interns, and volunteers today about his wrongful conviction story and his current efforts to spread awareness about the infractions in our justice system that ultimately lead to wrongful convictions. Along

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