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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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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

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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,

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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,

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U.S. Department of Justice Reverses Ban on Recording Interrogations

The U.S. Department of Justice recently notified their federal law enforcement officials that effective July 11, they will be required to video record interrogations of suspects in custody, with few exceptions. After more than a century of prohibiting the recording

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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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Eyewitness Misidentifications Spark Reform

Numerous studies have shown that eyewitness identification of a suspect is a problematic form of evidence – eyewitness misidentification has played a part in nearly 75% of wrongful convictions overturned through DNA testing. Nevertheless, eyewitness testimony is an incredibly influential

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Brooklyn Man Exonerated After Spending Nearly 25 Years Behind Bars

Jonathan Fleming was exonerated on April 8th after spending nearly 25 years in prison for a 1989 murder in Brooklyn, New York that he did not commit. Fleming, 51, was released after new evidence was discovered in his case, including

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Louisiana Exoneree Creates Education and Outreach Program for Formerly Incarcerated Inmates

John Thompson spent 18 years in a Louisiana prison, 14 of them on death row, before he was exonerated in 2003 for a murder he did not commit. Since his release from prison, Thompson has become a tireless advocate for

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National Innocence Network Conference Presenter Speaks Out Against “Wrongful Liberty”

At the National Innocence Network Conference last weekend in Portland, Oregon, Professor Frank Baumgartner at The University of North Carolina addressed the consequences of “wrongful liberty.” Wrongful liberty refers to the tragic situation in which an innocent man or woman

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