Chief Communications Officer – Innocence Project

Chief Communications Officer – Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is seeking a Chief Communications Officer to develop, manage, and implement strategic and creative communications, including long-term strategy, annual and project specific plans, rapid response, press outreach, publications, events, and digital outreach. The Chief Communications Officer is also responsible for all media programs including voice, printed and published material pertaining to the public image and voice of the organization. As the head of the Communications Department, the Chief Communications Officer is responsible for all organizational communications planning and leads a dedicated communications team of seven+ including the Deputy Chief Communications Officer, Digital Engagement Director, Media Relations Manager, Digital Content Strategist, Manager of Engagement and Special Events, Communications Associate, and Fellow(s). The Chief Communications Officer directly supervises the Deputy Chief Communications Officer, Digital Engagement Director, and the Media Relations Manager. The Chief Communications Officer reports to the Executive Director and builds alignment and collaborates with program leaders, attorneys and policy advocates, the development team, Board members and the Co-Founders, as appropriate. The Chief Communications Officer is part of the senior leadership team and is involved in the strategic planning process. This position is full time and is based in New York City. For more information, see...
17 Years of the Houfeng Bridge case: Acquittals for Wang Chih-Cheng and Hung Shih-Wei

17 Years of the Houfeng Bridge case: Acquittals for Wang Chih-Cheng and Hung Shih-Wei

Taiwan Innocence Project  After fighting for their innocence for 17 years, our client Wang Chih-Cheng and Hung Shih-Wei were both acquitted by the Taiwan High Court Taichung Branch Court on December 31, 2019. The two were accused of dropping Wang’s girlfriend from the Houfeng Bridge in central Taiwan in 2002. Wang said that it was she who crossed the fence by herself and fell, while Hung was not even there on the bridge when the incident took place. However, they were both found guilty of murder, and the convictions became finalized in 2009. Wang and Hung’s sentences were 15 years of imprisonment and 12 years and 6 months of imprisonment, respectively. They began to serve their time while their families outside kept seeking for help. In 2012, TIP accepted the case and put forward new opinions, including one from a pathologist and one from a professor of mechanics from National Taiwan University, proving that the victim was not thrown by the two defendants and the critical inculpatory testimony used for conviction were not reliable. We took the opinions as new evidence and filed a motion for a retrial. In Feb 2018, the court adjudicated to start the retrial and to release the two after spending 7 years behind bars for Wang and 8 years for Hung. After 22 months of trial, Wang and Hung were acquitted on December 31, 2019. The prosecution has not yet decided if they will appeal. Professor Wu‐ting Tsai has published the study of this case in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Click here for more details about the...
Boston Man Exonerated After Serving 20 Years for a Murder He Did Not Commit

Boston Man Exonerated After Serving 20 Years for a Murder He Did Not Commit

New England Innocence Project  On May 12, 2020 the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office dropped its case against Keyon Sprinkle, of Boston, MA, who was wrongfully convicted of a 1999 murder and spent 20 years incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. The case against Mr. Sprinkle’s co-defendant, Clarence Williams, was also dropped. On January 29, 2020, the Suffolk Superior Court allowed Mr. Sprinkle’s motion for new trial, officially overturning his murder conviction. After a lengthy hearing, the Court found credible evidence that two other people – discovered through extensive investigation – were responsible for committing the murder for which Mr. Sprinkle was wrongfully convicted. The Court specifically noted that Mr. Sprinkle “has been steadfast in his claim that he is innocent,” and his testimony was so compelling that it made the Court more certain that “justice was not done” in his case. After his conviction was overturned, Mr. Sprinkle was released from prison on February 6, 2020, with the consent of the District Attorney’s office. Yesterday, the District Attorney filed a nolle prosequi, declining to pursue the case further. “We are thrilled that this nightmare is finally over for Mr. Sprinkle,” said Radha Natarajan, Executive Director of the New England Innocence Project, an organization supporting Mr. Sprinkle’s innocence case. “Over the last 20 years, Mr. Sprinkle has never stopped fighting to prove his innocence.  Now he can enjoy his freedom with his family.” Along with Mr. Williams, Mr. Sprinkle was convicted of the murder of Charles Taylor on November 16, 1999. Mr. Sprinkle refused a plea offer by the government in the middle of trial, consistently maintaining...
Litigation Director – Washington Innocence Project

Litigation Director – Washington Innocence Project

The Washington Innocence Project (WashIP) Mission: WashIP fights for innocent people across the state who have been wrongfully convicted by representing them in the courts, providing support as they rebuild their lives in freedom, and advocating for policy reform to identify, rectify, and prevent such injustices in the future. Position Overview: The Litigation Director is responsible for the overall management of WashIP’s litigation of post-conviction claims in Washington’s trial and appellate courts and in federal court. The Litigation Director manages a team of staff and volunteer attorneys investigating cases and representing individuals whose innocence can be proven through post-conviction DNA testing or other new evidence. The Litigation Director maintains an active caseload appropriate for their leadership role. The Litigation Director plays a substantial role in effectively managing the team to keep them focused, motivated and high performing, while modeling WashIP’s values of an inclusive and respectful workplace. The Litigation Director reports to the Executive Director. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: MANAGE THE LITIGATION PRACTICE • Hires, trains, and supports Staff Attorneys to provide high-quality legal services, and provides advice on legal strategy and case handling; • Assigns and monitors caseloads; • Reviews and tracks requests for assistance that have passed initial review as they proceed through the assessment process; • Hires, trains, and supports paralegal and litigation support staff; • Administers state and federal grant initiatives; • Maintains an active client-based litigation caseload appropriate for the leadership role – investigates cases; interviews witnesses; meets with applicants and clients in prison; identifies and works with expert witnesses; drafts and files motions and briefs; serves as counsel or co-counsel in litigation of motion...
Korey Wise Innocence Project – Legal Fellow

Korey Wise Innocence Project – Legal Fellow

Requisition Number: 25386 Location: Boulder, Colorado Employment Type: Faculty Schedule: Full-Time Posting Close Date: 03-Jun-2020 Date published: 01-May-2020   Colorado Law encourages applications for a Legal Fellow to join our team. The Legal Fellow will screen, investigate, and litigate cases for the Korey Wise Innocence Project (KWIP) at Colorado Law. KWIP receives requests for help from inmates in the Colorado Department of Corrections who assert that they are innocent and have been wrongly convicted. KWIP screens these applications to assess whether (1) the applicant has a credible claim of factual innocence, and (2) there is a reasonable possibility of uncovering new evidence and overturning the conviction. In promising cases, KWIP conducts a factual investigation, consults with specialists, and pursues litigation. As a project of the law school, KWIP incorporates student volunteers both from the law school and the undergraduate program in the screening, investigation, and litigation of cases. The Legal Fellow will be required to train these volunteers and supervise their work. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.   The American criminal justice system contains many features designed to guard against convicting an innocent person. But we are humans and, due to honest mistake and otherwise, there are innocent people in prison. We’ll never have a perfect system, but the Korey Wise Innocence Project (KWIP) is dedicated to doing what it can to fix as many mistakes as possible.   The KWIP receives requests for help from people who believe they have been...