Staff Attorney Fellow – California Innocence Project

Staff Attorney Fellow – California Innocence Project

California Western School of Law (CWSL) is looking for a Staff Attorney Fellow to work for the California Innocence Project (CIP). This position will be responsible for reviewing claims for innocence arising from convictions occurring within San Diego County. The Staff Attorney Fellow will train under the CIP Staff; supervise interns, volunteers, and students; supervise intake in the office, including intake management; engage in habeas petitions and legal writing; and participate in litigation and case preparation as assigned. This is a fulltime grant position. Read...
External Relations Administrator for Development and Policy

External Relations Administrator for Development and Policy

California Western School of Law is looking for an External Relations Administrator for Development and Policy to work for the California Innocence Project. This position will be responsible for developing fundraising opportunities, including identifying and applying for state and federal grants and private grant opportunities. The External Relations Administrator will manage and organize the public relations agenda for media opportunities as they arise. This position will also work with the Associate Director and Policy Coordinator to coordinate California Innocence Project’s policy and legislative agenda, meet with legislative staffers and other policy stakeholders to forward agenda items, and develop relationships with stakeholders to forward agenda items legislatively. This is a fulltime partial grant position. Read...
Innocence Project, Exoneration Project, and Center on Wrongful Convictions Clients Corey Batchelor and Kevin Bailey Exonerated

Innocence Project, Exoneration Project, and Center on Wrongful Convictions Clients Corey Batchelor and Kevin Bailey Exonerated

Innocence Project, Exoneration Project and Center for Wrongful Convictions CHICAGO — Prosecutors have dropped charges against two men who say Chicago police detectives beat them into confessing to a 1989 killing. Cook County Judge Alfredo Maldonado on Tuesday formally tossed convictions against Corey Batchelor and Kevin Bailey, both age 48. Batchelor was released on parole in 2004 but says he’s glad a judge vacated the convictions. Bailey was still serving an 80-year prison term for the murder, but was released Tuesday. “28 years, seven months and two long days, I sat up in the penitentiary area, and for what? Nothing!” Bailey said after he was released. Read...
The Exoneration Initiative Client Edward Garry Exonerated

The Exoneration Initiative Client Edward Garry Exonerated

Exoneration Initiative On Monday, after deliberating for less than half an hour, a Bronx jury vindicated Edward Garry’s twenty-three-year quest to clear his name, finding him not guilty of the 1995 murder of a retired police detective named Oswald Potter. In 2016, I wrote about Garry’s case for The New Yorker. Garry was twenty years old when he was charged with Potter’s murder. Next week, Garry will turn forty-three. He spent his twenties and all of his thirties in prison, and was only let out on bail last year after a judge ordered a new trial for him. One of Garry’s lawyers, Glenn Garber, told me that, when the jury foreman read the new verdict, one of the jurors was crying, and afterward “one of them ran up to him in the hallway and said, ‘I’m sorry this happened to you,’ and hugged him.” “It still feels like a dream,” Garry said, when I talked to him Monday night. “It didn’t register yet.” The Bronx district attorney’s office chose to retry Garry despite serious flaws in its case and the fact that the campaign to clear his name had come to include one of the cops who originally helped arrest him. When Darcel D. Clark, the Bronx D.A., took office, in 2016, she started a conviction-integrity unit to review questionable cases. The unit had examined Garry’s case and had not come to a public conclusion, but prosecutors still decided not to back down. (A spokeswoman for Clark said this week that the D.A.’s office does not comment on acquittals.) Read more....
Northern California IP Client Glenn Payne Exonerated

Northern California IP Client Glenn Payne Exonerated

Northern California Innocence Project Glenn Payne was convicted in 1991 of molesting a 2-year-old girl in San Jose and spent more than 13 years in prison. The crucial evidence against him was expert testimony by a county forensic analyst that hair found on Payne must have come from the victim — that there was only one chance in 129,600 that it had come from someone else.   Four months ago, the analyst recanted his testimony, saying it was based on an unreliable study and he would never make such a statistical claim today. On Friday, without objection from the prosecutor, a Santa Clara County judge, Vanessa Zecher, overturned Payne’s conviction and the charges were dropped. Read...