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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

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NCIP Sponsored Bill to Improve Access to DNA Evidence Passes State Senate

NCIP is proud to announce that SB 980, a bill that improves the process for obtaining post conviction DNA testing, passed the California State Senate today. The bill, authored by Senator Ted Lieu and sponsored by NCIP and other organizations,

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New York Man Exonerated Through DNA Evidence

Tyrone Hicks, 57, was cleared of all charges on Thursday after spending eight years in a New York prison for an attempted rape in 1998 that he did not commit. Hicks’ wrongful conviction was a consequence of eyewitness misidentification—no physical or

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Innocence Movement Expands to South Africa

South Africans who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes now have a resource to turn to for assistance in having their convictions overturned.  The Innocence Project South Africa, a pro bono legal clinic, recently registered with the Innocence Network and,

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Senate Bill 980 to Improve Access to DNA Testing in California

Wrongfully convicted prisoners seeking exoneration could be given improved access to DNA testing through the passage of Senate Bill 980. Introduced by California State Senator Ted Lieu, the bill would provide greater access to available evidence for people requesting DNA

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Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress to Advance Forensic Science Reform

On February 12, 2014, Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller introduced The Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2014 to improve forensic science reform efforts by prioritizing scientific research and supporting long-term cooperation between scientists and various members of the criminal

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Two Brooklyn Men Exonerated Through DNA Evidence

Antonio Yarbough and Sharrif Wilson of Brooklyn, New York, were exonerated Thursday after spending more than 21 years behind bars for three murders they did not commit. In 1992, Yarbough’s mother, sister, and another girl were stabbed and strangled to

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Bite Mark Evidence Questioned After Convictions Overturned

Bite mark evidence is the latest forensic science technique coming under fire, after a New Jersey man’s murder conviction was overturned based on DNA evidence. Gerald Richardson was convicted of a brutal murder in 1995 after a forensic dentist testified

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City in Texas Establishes Monument Honoring Exoneree

30 years after wrongfully convicting Timothy Cole or rape, the city of Lubbock, Texas has installed a statue of Cole in an effort to honor Cole and recognize and remember the miscarriage of justice that sent him to prison. Cole

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DNA Evidence Discredits Murder Conviction of Washington D.C. Man

Prosecutors have agreed that the murder conviction of Cleveland Wright, 55, should be dismissed due to DNA testing that exonerated his co-defendant in 2012. In 1978, Wright and his childhood friend Santae Tribble were accused and charged for murdering two

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