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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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The combination of new music and an enduring civil rights cause has sprung a well-known Atlanta musical ensemble back into action.
For the second time in three years, Bent Frequency, a contemporary chamber group, will be in concert, performing “The Innocents” in the Atlanta area.
A Chicago man has graduated from law school more than seven years after he was exonerated for a rape conviction that led to a 28-year prison sentence.
Jarrett Adams spent a decade in prison and began his quest for higher education shortly after his release, first at community college and later at Roosevelt University. He graduated from Loyola University with a law degree on Saturday in an effort to help others who are in similar situations. Read more.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will provide the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) with $100,000 over two years to provide post-conviction legal services and education. Over the years, LAO has both directly and indirectly supported the goals and aims of AIDWYC and the legal needs of its clients. This pilot project will continue LAO’s relationship with AIDWYC by funding some of AIDWYC’s expenses related to reviewing claims of innocence, such as forensic expert opinions and private investigations. AIDWYC will continue to conduct case reviews on a pro bono basis, with the help of volunteer lawyers. Seventy per cent of the LAO funds will go towards the case review process and 30 per cent towards legal education about wrongful conviction. This agreement aims to recognize and correct wrongful convictions, by providing greater access to legal services after conviction. Read more.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Wednesday granted an absolute pardonto a convicted sex offender, ending a decades-long campaign by an imprisoned man whose claims of innocence were eventually joined by prosecutors and police.
Final proof that Michael Kenneth McAlister, 58, was wrongly convicted came when another man — a serial rapist who bore an uncanny resemblance to McAlister — recently confessed to the 1986 attempted rape and kidnapping in Richmond, the governor said. Read more.
It was just after 10 p.m. when a black SUV rolled to the curb. Amid the darkness, its guest — the one that the crowd had been waiting days, months, years to see — was barely visible.
But they knew this was the moment. The chanting began: “Terry! Terry! Terry!”
As the vehicle came to a halt, Letitia “Terry” Smallwood stepped out of the backseat and into the TV cameras and the embrace of a dozen friends and family.
The cheering got louder.
After 42 years in prison, Smallwood, 62, was released on bail on Monday evening, pending a new trial in a 1972 arson-murder in Carlisle that she claims she never committed. Read more.
Fairy tales are seductive. A sweet-faced, innocent hero is victimized by evildoers: poisoned, enslaved, enticed into an oven, locked in a cage to be eaten. Our protagonist withstands these outrages with bravery and fortitude. And then intervention—magical or otherwise—arrives, and with it freedom, love, and redemption. Trauma and misery vanish, and the reader is rewarded with Happily Ever After. Read more.
2015 Innocence Network Conference
The 2015 Innocence Network Conference took place on Thursday, April 30 – Saturday, May 2 in Orlando, Florida.
Over 500 guests attended, including exonerees, exonerees’ family and friends, staff from Innocence Network member organizations, students, public interest lawyers and other members of the general public.
The conference included powerful plenary and breakout sessions, highlighted by speeches from award winners Radley Balko (Journalism Award), Edward Blake (Lifetime Achievement Award), and Bryan Stevenson (Champion of Justice Award).