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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69 organizations from around the world working to exonerate unjustly convicted men and women, including independent nonprofits as well as organizations affiliated with law schools or other educational institutions, units of public defender offices, and pro bono sections of law firms.
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Recent news articles and media mentions from around the Innocence Network
Two groups are suing to obtain jailhouse records on behalf of an Omaha man who maintains that he’s innocent in a fatal shooting at a restaurant’s drive-thru.
Antoine Young, 41, was convicted of murder in Ray Webb’s death and is serving a life sentence, plus 40 years on a related weapons charge, the Omaha World-Herald (http://bit.ly/1JujNhg ) reported. Read more.
The Oklahoma Innocence Project says a Tulsa man serving life in prison without parole in connection with a 2001 Tulsa murder was wrongly convicted. The OIP filed a court brief in June 2015 supporting Willard O’Neal’s innocence.
Bruce Chamberlain was killed on December 23, 2001 outside his bar, the Trapeze Lounge and Gildardo Rueda was injured. The OIP says the state’s case against O’Neal “rested on witnesses who gave false testimony and a ballistics expert who improperly testified regarding a gun that was mishandled by two law enforcement agencies.” Read more.
In a unanimous decision, the Michigan Supreme Court has decided that a Battle Creek man convicted of killing a child will get a new trial. Leo Ackley was convicted of killing 3-year-old Baylee Stenman in 2012, by way of blunt force trauma to the head. Read more.
A former District man who spent 26 years in prison after being wrongly convicted in a 1982 murder filed a $30 million lawsuit against the District in D.C. Superior Court, nearly a year after he was exonerated in the crime.
He’s proven his innocence through DNA — now Navy vet and exonerated Bronx sex-crime convict Tyrone Hicks wants the city and NYPD to pay him $10 million.
“What I’m hoping is that something like this never happens again,” Hicks told The Post Wednesday, after filing a Manhattan federal lawsuit alleging gross police misconduct by five officers in the late 1990s. He spent 10 years in prison for an alleged rape. Read more.
After spending 20 years behind bars, a former Racine man’s request for a new trial has been granted with a judge citing “striking similarities” between the attempted rape he was convicted of perpetrating and another Racine attack.
Daniel G. Scheidell, 66, is serving 25 years in prison for the May 20, 1995, attack on a former co-worker. She identified him as her attacker, but Scheidell has maintained his innocence for two decades. 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).