Wisconsin IP & IP Client Richard Beranek Granted New Trial

Wisconsin IP & IP Client Richard Beranek Granted New Trial

Wisconsin Innocence Project & Innocence Project A judge has ordered a new trial for a Wisconsin Rapids man serving a virtual life sentence for a 1987 sexual assault he has always denied. Richard Beranek, 58, raised new issues with the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, and gained extra attention because one of his lawyers, Jarrett Adams, went to law school after he himself was freed from a wrongful conviction with help from the same program. Adams now works for the Innocence Project in New York. Reserve Judge Daniel Moeser presided at Beranek’s original trial, and heard defense arguments earlier this year about why an FBI agent likely overstated the scientific probability that hair recovered from the scene matched Beranek’s. Furthermore, new DNA testing has shown that the hair “match” is conclusively not Beranek’s. Read...
Midwest IP Client Richard Jones Exonerated

Midwest IP Client Richard Jones Exonerated

Midwest Innocence Project A Kansas City man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for purse snatching was released Wednesday after a judge overturned his conviction. The 10th Judicial District Court in Johnson County vacated Richard Jones’ 1999 aggravated robbery conviction. He had been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison. But according to officials with the Midwest Innocence Project, Jones was convicted based solely on eyewitness identification, despite presenting a verified alibi. The Innocence Project and the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence at the University of Kansas worked for Jones’ release. Alice Craig, Jones’ attorney and professor at KU’s Project for Innocence, said the case highlights the flaws in eyewitness identification. Read more....
Michigan Innocence Clinic Client Desmond Ricks Exonerated

Michigan Innocence Clinic Client Desmond Ricks Exonerated

Michigan Innocence Clinic US prosecutors have dropped all charges against a man who spent 25 years in prison for murder, amid allegations police had falsified evidence. Desmond Ricks’ lawyers say homicide detectives switched bullets in his mother’s gun to pin a shooting on him. He was convicted of gunning down a friend outside a restaurant in Detroit, Michigan, in March 1992, and sentenced to at least 32 years in prison. Mr Ricks, 51, was released from prison last Friday. On Thursday, Wayne County prosecutor’s office said Mr Ricks would not face a second trial. “I hope you enjoy your newfound freedom,” Judge Richard Skutt told the exonerated man, who heaved a sigh of relief. Mr Ricks’ case was championed by lawyers and students from the Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan’s law school. Read...
Director of Development and Communications, Northern California Innocence Project

Director of Development and Communications, Northern California Innocence Project

The Northern California Innocence Project is seeking a highly qualified, creative and resourceful Director of Development and Communications to join its team. The Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) is a legal aid project which is part of Santa Clara University Law School.  NCIP’s mission is to create a fair, effective and compassionate criminal justice system and to protect the rights of the innocent.  Throughout its 16 year history, NCIP has exonerated 18 individuals who, collectively, have spent more than 230 years in prison, wrongfully incarcerated, and helped dozens more. With a relatively new executive director, strong reserves to sustain a transition to more active major donor solicitation and outreach, and an expanding scope of work, NCIP is poised for increased impact and positive development in the years ahead.  NCIP has offices at Santa Clara University and operates a $1.4 million annual budget, raised through a combination of individual donations, government and foundation grants, corporate contributions and law firm support.  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Dev/Comm Director is a full-time exempt position.  This position will work closely with NCIP’s Executive Director and Associate Director to increase NCIP’s visibility to external constituents in order to increase its capacity to raise money, expand its funding base, reach new constituencies, identify and engage additional partners in the community.  This position will also help strengthen and expand NCIP’s communications and visibility in the community with a goal to develop further leadership and awareness of NCIP’s work.  The Dev/Comm Director is part of NCIP’s leadership team. Responsibilities include design and implementation of effective major gifts program, stewardship of major donors, planning annual development events (including annual...
Illinois Innocence Project Client William Amor Released From Prison

Illinois Innocence Project Client William Amor Released From Prison

Illinois Innocence Project While he’s still not a free man, William Amor was as close to it Tuesday as he has been in more than two decades. Amor, 62, walked out of the DuPage County Jail late Tuesday after posting bond on a decades-old murder charge. It marked the first time since 1995 that Amor was not incarcerated in either the county jail or an Illinois prison. “It’s overwhelming,” he told a small group of reporters. “I’m taking it hour by hour.” Amor is scheduled to be retried in September on charges that he set a fire that killed his mother-in-law, Marianne Miceli, 40, in 1995 in her Naperville condominium. Amor’s 1997 conviction was vacated this spring by Judge Liam Brennan, who ruled it was scientifically impossible for the fire to have started in the manner in which Amor confessed. Read...