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
Daniel Andersen wrapped an arm around his attorney, wiped tears from his eyes and struggled to maintain his composure Monday after a Cook County judge vacated his convictions for the 1980 murder and attempted rape of a childhood friend.
“Oh, my God!” Andersen, 55, said as he embraced Sheila Murphy, his attorney at his original trial who later became a judge. Murphy held his hand and led him from the courtroom. Family members then got their chance to hug him.
Citing newly discovered evidence, the Innocence Project of Florida has filed an updated motion asking the court to vacate its guilty judgment and 30-year prison sentence given to Andre Bryant in a 2006 armed robbery in Manatee County.
Bryant’s case was highlighted in September in a Herald-Tribune investigation, which presented information suggesting that Bryant is not the robber and was wrongfully convicted. Read more.
Almost a year and a half since two convicts serving life sentences filed applications for post-conviction relief, one defendant’s attorneys say they’ve waited long enough for the case to move forward.
The attorneys for convict Malcolm Scott filed a motion on Wednesday opposing the state’s requests for more time to respond to their client’s application. The motion states that Scott objects to any further delays and asks the court to set a date for an evidentiary hearing. Read more.
For the first time in 20 years, Daniel Scheidell is going home.
Until late last month, Scheidell, 66, was serving a 25-year prison sentence for a May 20, 1995, attack on a former co-worker. She identified him as her attacker although the assailant was wearing a mask and never spoke, and a jury convicted him. But Scheidell has maintained his innocence for two decades. Read more.
People convicted of crimes through inconclusive or outdated DNA testing procedures should be allowed new tests using the latest technological advances without regard to a three-year time limit set by law, a federal appeals court ruled.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first in the nation to rule that the advances in DNA technology mean previously useless samples should be considered newly discovered evidence that is not subject to statutory time limitations. Read more.
A Superior Court judge on Monday agreed to vacate Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest’s conviction for the 1982 murder of Doreen C. Picard in Woonsocket. 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).