Exoneration Project Client John Horton Exonerated

Exoneration Project Client John Horton Exonerated

Exoneration Project Charges were dropped today against a Rockford man who was freed from prison after more than two decades behind bars for a killing he didn’t commit. Outside of a Winnebago County courtroom, John W. Horton Jr., 41, hugged family members and a cadre of supporters who spent years trying to clear his name. “I’m blessed. I’m truly blessed. I’m grateful,” said Horton, the father of two daughters. He said he feels “a lot of hurt starting to go away.” Horton was convicted of the Sept. 19, 1993, murder and armed robbery of Arthur Castaneda in Rockford. Horton was 17 years old at the time Castaneda was fatally shot during a robbery at a McDonald’s restaurant, located at that time at 2715 Charles St. He was sentenced in 1995 to natural life in prison without parole. Read...
Intake Analyst/Office Manager, Midwest Innocence Project

Intake Analyst/Office Manager, Midwest Innocence Project

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) seeks an innovative, compassionate, and justice-orientedindividual to join our Kansas City team on the front lines of fighting and preventing wrongful convictions.The MIP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to representing wrongfullyconvicted prison inmates in our five-state region (MO, KS, NE, IA, AR) who can prove their innocencethrough the use of DNA testing and other newly discovered evidence. The Intake Analyst/Office Managerwill play a vital role in the project, particularly in the areas of client communication and casemanagement. Responsibilities include: Answering phones and responding to calls and letters from clients, their families, potential newclients, and the public. Receiving and processing incoming and outgoing mail. Coordinating and supervising in-office and special event volunteers, including high schoolstudents, paralegals, and attorneys. Pre-screening intake forms and questionnaires for the MIP and our partner organizations Locating court and evidence records and creating and managing case files. Maintaining case databases, including case statuses and grant reporting information. Supporting the Executive and Development Directors and legal staff with calendaring, mailings,and in-office event preparation tasks. Tracking and ordering office supplies; maintaining office machines and service contracts. General bookkeeping, including reviewing invoices, drafting checks for signature, and accountreconciliation. Read...
Mid-Atlantic IP Client Lamar Johnson Exonerated

Mid-Atlantic IP Client Lamar Johnson Exonerated

Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project After 13 years in prison for first-degree murder, a Baltimore man walked free Tuesday afternoon as the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office joined his defense team in asking for his exoneration. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby formally apologized at a news conference to Lamar Johnson and his family for what her office now believes was his wrongful conviction. The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, which investigates suspected wrongful convictions, began looking into Johnson’s case in 2010. Last year, the project presenting its findings to the state’s attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit — the first of its kind in Maryland — which, after its own investigation, agreed that Johnson was innocent. Read...
Exoneration Initiative Client Selwyn Days Exonerated

Exoneration Initiative Client Selwyn Days Exonerated

Exoneration Initiative Selwyn Days was acquitted Tuesday in the 1996 slayings of an Eastchester millionaire and his home health aide, ending his fifth trial and setting him free after 16 years of incarceration. The verdict, on the second day of deliberations in White Plains, vindicated Days’ claim that he gave a false confession when Eastchester detectives interrogated him in 2001, more than four years after the bodies of Archie Harris and Betty Ramcharan were found in Harris’ 4 Berkley Circle home. Days and his lawyers held hands as the jury forewoman said “not guilty” to both charges of second-degree murder. Moments later he was able to hug his brother, Stelwyn, who had sat through all five trials. Read...
CPCS Innocence Program Client Victor Rosario Exonerated

CPCS Innocence Program Client Victor Rosario Exonerated

CPCS Innocence Program A Lowell man who spent three decades in prison has been formally exonerated. Victor Rosario was convicted of setting a 1982 fire in Lowell that killed eight people, including five children. The conviction was based mainly on inspectors determining the fire was intentionally set and a written confession that Rosario says he signed because he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and did not understand English. Rosario was released from prison three years ago after the state Supreme Judicial Court upheld a ruling ordering a new trial. The lower court judge said there were questions about his confession and about the fire investigation techniques used decades ago. Read...