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Tag Archives: Innocence Project

US prosecutors revisiting nearly 5,000 convictions

When three half brothers' decades-old murder convictions were thrown out last month, they became a dramatic example of an idea spreading among prosecutors nationwide: "integrity units" dedicated to double-checking convictions to determine whether justice was served.

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Legal minds eye quality control for convictions

Hospitals have staff conferences to examine why patients died. Airline pilots have a system for voluntarily submitting information on safety concerns. Yet the life-and-death world of criminal justice often operates without a similar mechanism for probing its most feared failures: wrongful convictions.

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Editorial: Making up for lost time

When justly convicted Wisconsin inmates are released, they walk out of prison armed with a written plan for re-entering society and the phone number of at least one state employee who will guide them through the transition.

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Bites derided as unreliable in court

At least 24 men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite marks on the flesh of victims have been exonerated since 2000, many after spending more than a decade in prison. Now a judge's ruling later this month in New York could help end the practice for good.

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State justices to consider Innocence Project appeal

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this fall in an Innocence Project appeal, State v. Brian K. Avery, to consider whether new photogrammetry and video enhancement evidence can be presented to a Wisconsin court more than 16 years after trial.

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Court grants new trial for robbery suspect (UPDATE)

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A man convicted of robbing two Milwaukee grocery stores nearly 20 years ago deserves a new trial because new digital enhancements have raised doubts that he’s really the robber shown on surveillance video, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. Brian K. Avery was 19 years old in 1994 when detectives accused ...

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Innocence Project: DNA shows wrongful conviction (UPDATE)

By JIM SALTER Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) – Innocence Project attorneys cited DNA and other evidence Monday in asking a judge to free a man who has spent nearly three decades in prison for breaking into a St. Louis woman’s home and raping and killing her. George Allen Jr. was sentenced to 95 years in prison in the death ...

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Innocence Project gets $1 million in grants

For the second time in three weeks, the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a grant to the Wisconsin Innocence Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School's Frank J. Remington Center.

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