Northern California Innocence Project

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


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,

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Northern California Innocence Project

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

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Northern California Innocence Project

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

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Northern California Innocence Project, Social Justice

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

Posted in Northern California Innocence Project

Texas State Bar to Launch Alleged Prosecutorial Misconduct Hearing

The State Bar of Texas has decided it will try former Burleson County District Attorney Charles Sebesta before an administrative judge to determine whether Sebesta will receive punitive action for his role in wrongfully sentencing exoneree Anthony Graves to death

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Northern California Innocence Project

Exoneree to Release Memoir Recounting Wrongful Murder Conviction

Michael Morton, who spent 25 years behind bars in Texas for the wrongful murder conviction of his wife, will release his memoir, “Getting Life: An Innocence Man’s 25-Year Journey From Prison to Peace” on Tuesday. In 1986, Morton’s wife Christine

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Northern California Innocence Project

Eyewitness Identification Symposium Sparks Reform

Nearly 200 people attended the Northern California Innocence Project’s (NCIP) Eyewitness Identification Best Practices Symposium at the University of San Francisco (USF) on May 21, 2014. The symposium brought together police chiefs, district attorneys, social scientists and criminal justice reform

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Northern California Innocence Project

Wrongful Conviction-Review Initiatives Expand Nationwide

In recent years, numerous prosecutors across the nation have created conviction integrity units to address claims of wrongful conviction. Over the last several years, these units have reviewed various cases and dismissed dozens of convictions to date. For example, Brooklyn’s

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Northern California Innocence Project

Proposed Bill Seeks Open-File Policy by Federal Prosecutors

The Center for Prosecutor Integrity (CPI) released a proposed bill today that would require federal prosecutors to employ an open-file policy which would provide defense attorneys full access to all evidence pertinent to the case. Today under the Brady requirement,

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Northern California Innocence Project

New York Exonerees Give Life Advice to Youth

Students at a New York high school received life advice from three exonerees and the father of a shooting victim, who promoted community involvement, education, and healthy lifestyles for young men. The panel consisted of Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam,

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Northern California Innocence Project