Northern California Innocence Project

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


Northern California Innocence Project Exonerees to Receive Compensation for Wrongful Imprisonment

Governor Brown recently approved compensation to Northern California Innocence Project clients Franky Carrillo Jr. and Johnny Williams for their decades of wrongful imprisonment. This came after approval by the Legislature and the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board’s recommendation

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Two North Carolina Brothers Exonerated Through DNA Evidence

On September 2nd, Henry Lee McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46, were ordered released from prison by a North Carolina judge after DNA evidence proved them innocent of a 1983 rape and murder for which they had been convicted. The

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NIJ Releases Report: Mending Justice-Sentinel Event Reviews

The National Institute of Justice released a report today which explores the feasibility of using a learning-from-error model in criminal justice. The report, Mending Justice: Sentinel Events Reviews, draws on lessons from the medical and aviation fields and offers perspectives on using

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Bill Addressing Prosecutorial Misconduct Heads to Governor Brown

California Assembly Bill 885, which authorizes courts to inform a jury when a prosecutor has intentionally concealed evidence of innocence, recently passed off the Assembly floor and is headed to Governor Brown’s desk to be signed. AB 885, authored by

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NCIP Students Participate in Mock Trial

We had some VIPs in the NCIP class yesterday! As part of our module on eyewitness misidentification, NCIP law students served as jurists in a mock trial that demonstrated how compelling an eyewitness can be to a jury—even if there

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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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