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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Memorial Service for NCIP Client David Losoya

While awaiting justice in his case, Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) client David Losoya recently succumbed to Valley Fever and died in prison.

David Losoya, 1956 – 2015

David Losoya, 1956 – 2015

David was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1978 based on faulty eyewitness identification and spent 37 years in prison before his death on June 23, 2015. Authorities believed the crime was related to the Nuestra Familia gang and David was erroneously assumed to be a Nuestra Familia member. As a result of this false gang identification he was placed in solitary confinement where he remained for the vast majority of his 37 years in prison.

Within months of his conviction authorities had reliable evidence proving that David was innocent of the crime, but nothing was done to rectify the wrongful conviction. In 2014 and 2015, NCIP uncovered evidence of David’s innocence, as well as additional evidence that he was not a Nuestra Familia member. NCIP was weeks away from filing a petition to challenge David’s conviction when he died.

NCIP and Santa Clara University are holding a memorial service to commemorate David’s life on Thursday, September 3rd at 10 am at the Mission Santa Clara de Asis on Santa Clara University’s campus.

Please join us and David’s family and friends in remembering him.

 

 

Georgia Innocence Project Seeks DNA Testing in 1977 Conviction

Georgia Innocence Project

A man convicted 38 years ago of the rape and murder of a Columbus woman is asking a judge to order that evidence in the case be DNA-tested as the convict seeks a new trial. The Georgia Innocence Project that re-examines old cases for wrongful convictions is representing Johnny Lee Gates in his effort to test the evidence found this past July 30 in the district attorney’s office.

Gates has a hearing set for 11 a.m. today before Senior Judge John Allen. Gates was convicted Aug. 30, 1977, of armed robbery, rape and murder in the death of Katharina Wright, the wife of a Fort Benning soldier who found her dead in their second-floor apartment at 1:24 p.m. Nov. 30, 1976. Read more.

 

Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Han Tak Lee’s Murder Conviction

Pennsylvania Innocence Project (Advisory Board Member Peter Goldberger involved in case)

An elderly man who spent 24 years in prison for his daughter’s death in a fire will remain free after a federal appeals court in Pennsylvania on Wednesday refused to reinstate his murder conviction.

Han Tak Lee, 80, a native of South Korea who earned U.S. citizenship, was exonerated and freed last year after a judge concluded the case against him was based on since-discredited scientific theories about arson. Prosecutors appealed, saying that other evidence pointed to his guilt. The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the appeal, meaning Lee will stay out of prison. Read more.

Supreme Court orders Robert Wilkes’ case be reconsidered

Montana Innocence Project

A Missoula man sentenced to 40 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of shaking his 3-month-old baby to death may get another chance at freedom.

The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned Missoula District Judge Ed McLean’s decision denying the appeal of Robert Wilkes, who was convicted of deliberate homicide in the 2010 death of his son, Gabriel.

Several weeks after his sentencing, Wilkes petitioned the court pro-se, arguing he received ineffective counsel through his public defender, Scott Spencer, and asking the court to review his sentence or to grant him a new trial in light of new evidence. Read more.

Irish Examiner Publishes Special Report by Irish Innocence Project

Irish Innocence Project

I know a man named Angel who spent 21 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. During his incarceration, both his mother and the mother of his children died and he exhausted all his appeals. He was fated to die in prison without any chance of parole.

He was fortunate enough, however, to be freed this spring after a 10-year investigation by the Justice Brandeis Law Project of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University convinced a judge in Massachusetts to throw out his conviction.

If only this was an isolated story of injustice. Read more.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cody Marble

Montana Innocence Project

The Montana Supreme Court on Friday reversed a district judge who denied a new trial to a Missoula man after the 13 year-old boy who accused him of rape recanted his story.

Cody Marble was convicted in 2002 of raping the boy in a juvenile detention center when he was 17 years old. The Montana Innocence Project took up Marble’s case and obtained from his accuser a written recantation in 2010.

Based on that recantation, Marble filed for post-conviction relief and a new trial. District Judge Douglas Harkin called the accuser to the stand, who reneged on his recantation, saying he was pressured into making it and he believed the Innocence Project would help him in a separate case if he signed it. 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).