Freeing the innocent and preventing wrongful convictions worldwide
The Innocence Network is an affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted, and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions.
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Moments before he was sentenced to life in prison for three sexual assaults, Luis Lorenzo Vargas proclaimed his innocence. “You can sentence me to all the years you want,” he warned a judge in 1999, “but as far as I’m concerned … that individual that really did these crimes might really be raping someone out there.” Sixteen years later, his words now haunt L.A.’s criminal justice system.
On Monday, a Los Angeles County judge threw out Vargas’ conviction after DNA evidence exonerated him in at least one of the attacks and instead implicated the notorious “teardrop rapist,” an unidentified assailant linked to more than three dozen sexual assaults spanning nearly two decades. Read more.
Robert Jones, a New Orleans man who served more than 20 years of a life sentence at Angola before his conviction was vacated, was released on bail Friday (Nov. 20).
Jones was convicted, at age 19, in the 1992 French Quarter rape and robberies that grabbed headlines as part of an April crime spree that included the murder of English tourist Julie Stott. Now 42, Jones walked free for the first time in nearly 24 years after Orleans Criminal District Judge Arthur Hunter on Wednesday (Nov. 18) granted him a “nominal” bail. Read more.
When Griffith College dean of law and founding director of the Irish Innocence Project David Langwallner was teaching Liz Harpur intellectual property law and jurisprudence, he had no idea he would one day be pleading in a death penalty case in Kenya on behalf of her nephew Ben-Hadad Kimani.
Kimani was 17 when he was arrested on August 29th, 2001 for a double murder in Kenya. He was convicted and sentenced to death row but has always maintained his innocence. Read more.
The 1998 conviction of a Trout Creek man has been overturned, putting Richard Raugust on the path to a new trial. In an order issued Monday in Sanders County District Court, Judge James Wheelis overturned the conviction of Raugust, who was sentenced to life in prison for the 1997 deliberate homicide of his best friend, Joseph Tash.
As part of his ruling, Wheelis determined that a “Brady violation” of Raugust’s due process rights had occurred because evidence, including the testimony of a sheriff’s deputy, was withheld during the trial. Read more.
Among his fellow inmates, David Losoya was known for having “buzzard luck.” Convicted of killing a retired police officer in Watsonville in 1977, he spent 37 years in California’s prisons, largely in restricted cell blocks sometimes known as solitary.
The rumor in Nuestra Familia circles was always that Losoya, who died last June at Corcoran State Prison, was innocent. Now the Northern California Innocence Project, a Santa Clara-based organization, is preparing a request for a posthumous pardon from Gov. Jerry Brown. Read more.
After spending about half his life in prison, Angel Gonzalez was cleared from a rape and abduction conviction when DNA testing eliminated him as one of the two men who committed the crime.
On Friday, Gonzalez stood proudly alongside the lawyers and staff who aided him in his exoneration as the Illinois Innocence Project announced the Latino Innocence Initiative, which aims to prevent wrongful convictions and help people like Gonzalez who are vulnerable because of language barriers, lack of familiarity with the U.S. criminal justice system and threats over immigration status. Read more.
Save the date: April 8-9, 2016
2016 Innocence Network Conference
San Antonio, Texas
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