Boston Man Released After 27 Years of Incarceration

Boston Man Released After 27 Years of Incarceration

Boston College Innocence Program Boston College Innocence Program client Ronnie Qualls was released yesterday on bail after almost 27 years’ incarceration for a 1992 double murder that he did not commit. Ronnie’s murder convictions were vacated based on DNA evidence indicating that multiple small droplets of one of the victim’s blood was on the original suspect’s sweatshirt shortly after the shooting.  The victim unequivocally named that same suspect as the shooter to three different police officers moments before he died.  However, that suspect told police that Ronnie was the shooter and three eyewitnesses later identified Ronnie as the shooter.  The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office joined the BCIP in asking for Ronnie’s convictions to be vacated and they are currently awaiting the charges to be dismissed.  Learn...
Florida Man Spent 29 Years on Death Row Before His Murder Conviction Was Overturned by New DNA Evidence

Florida Man Spent 29 Years on Death Row Before His Murder Conviction Was Overturned by New DNA Evidence

Innocence Project  Paul Hildwin, 60, was released on from Hernando County jail on March 9 after spending 35 years in prison and over 29 of those years on death row. In 2014, while Hildwin was represented by Fort Lauderdale attorney Martin McClain and the Innocence Project, the Florida Supreme Court reversed Hildwin’s capital murder conviction and death sentence on the 1986 murder of a Hernando County woman. The Court’s ruling was based on DNA testing and a court-ordered search of the national DNA database which proved that critical evidence originally used to tie Hildwin to the crime actually belonged to the victim’s estranged boyfriend, whom Hildwin had always contended was the likely true killer.   While in jail, Hildwin not only survived the State’s efforts to execute him, but also three separate bouts of cancer.  He suffered a fourth recurrence in March 2019, while awaiting retrial, but prosecutors still refused to drop the case. His cancer is now in remission.  In 2003, DNA testing excluded Hildwin as the source of semen and saliva found on the two pieces of crime scene evidence. For the next seven years, the Innocence Project fought prosecutors to submit the DNA profile into the CODIS DNA database to determine the source of the DNA. In 2010, the Florida Supreme Court finally ordered a DNA database search on the DNA profile, which was identified to the victim’s estranged boyfriend — an alternate suspect in the crime, who was convicted of 16 counts of sexual battery of a minor.  Hildwin was represented at his 1986 trial by Daniel Lewan, a court-appointed lawyer with less than three years’...
Assistant Public Defender 2 – Wrongful Conviction Project at the Ohio Public Defenders Office

Assistant Public Defender 2 – Wrongful Conviction Project at the Ohio Public Defenders Office

2/28/2020 Assistant Public Defender 2  Job Description  Primary Location United States of America-OHIO-Franklin County Organization Public Defender Commission Classified Indicator: Unclassified Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Exempt Schedule Full-time Compensation: $17.89 – $50.98 Unposting Date Mar 10, 2020 Job Function Attorney/Legal  Agency Contact Name: Cherish Berry  Agency Contact Information: cherish.berry@opd.ohio.gov  Assistant Public Defender 2(190007WE)  Description  The Office of the Ohio Public Defender seeks a committed, compassionate advocate for an Assistant Public Defender 2 (APD2) position for the Wrongful Conviction Project (WCP). The WCP is dedicated to identifying, investigating and litigating cases of actual innocence for incarcerated people in Ohio. The Project also works to educate others on the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions.  A successful APD2 in the Wrongful Conviction Project must exhibit a strong commitment to indigent defense. They possess excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrate compassion for the WCP’s clients, their families, and all people who ask the WCP for assistance. They must have strong analytical skills, think creatively, be adept at legal research and writing, and have comfort advocating for clients in court. The WCP takes a collaborative approach to the analysis and investigation of innocence claims. The APD will work closely with the Project’s supervising attorney, as well as our investigator and law students as cases are reviewed and investigated.  Essential job duties include but are not limited to:  Screen and evaluate claims of wrongful conviction  Research, analyze, and interpret complex issues of law. Prepare briefs, memoranda, motions, and other pleadings subject to review (e .g., work as co-counsel or lead-counsel on criminal cases at the trial, appellate, and post-conviction level)  Participate with other attorneys in...
Communications Manager – Georgia Innocence Project

Communications Manager – Georgia Innocence Project

JOB DESCRIPTION  Title: COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Position type: Full me (part-time is an option) Salary: $42,000+ (depending on experience and hours) Benefits: Generous paid me off, potential flexible benefits plan, professional development  SUMMARY: The Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) is a non-profit legal organizaon dedicated to preventing and correcting the wrongful conviction of innocent people in Georgia, and to helping the exonerated rebuild their lives. The Communications Manager reports to GIP’s Executive Director.  PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  ○ Oversee cultivationon and management of media relationships to help shape news coverage  ○ Research and secure strategic speaking opportunities  and media placements  ○ Create press kits, draft and issue press advisories and releases, and respond to press inquiries  ○ Help create newsletters, e-blasts, blog posts and other updates  ○ Develop fact sheets, case highlights, op eds, and other informational materials  ○ Manage and create content for social media accounts  ○ Assist with communications aspects of development, such as Giving Tuesday and annual reports  ○ Manage communications aspects of Wrongful Conviction Day, Hawks partnership, and events  ○ Work with ED to develop and implement strategic communications plan  ○ Manage website content and design  QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE  ○ Excellent written and verbal communication skills required  ○ Bachelor’s degree required, and 3+ years similar experience preferred  ○ Legal communication experience strongly preferred  ○ Nonprofit fundraising experience desired  ○ Passion for and understanding of GIP’s mission and work  ○ Self-starter that also asks questions and seeks clarification when needed  ○ Humility and confidence – no job is too small or too big  ○ Values giving and receiving feedback and constructive criticism  HOW TO APPLY  Interested applicants should email the...
Finance and Human Resources Manager – Innocence Project of Florida

Finance and Human Resources Manager – Innocence Project of Florida

The Innocence Project of Florida, Inc. (IPF) is seeking a Finance and Human Resources Manager with a demonstrated passion for social justice issues, beginning as early as March 2020 in its Tallahassee, Florida office. The Finance and Human Resources Manager will be a full-time position and will report directly to the Executive Director. The Innocence Project of Florida is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to representing Florida prison inmates who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing and other newly discovered evidence. IPF is the premier criminal justice organization in Florida and has helped secure the release of numerous individuals who collectively spent over 460 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: MANAGING ORGANIZATIONAL BUDGETING, ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE ACTIVITIES: • Work with IPF’s Executive Director to develop IPF’s annual budget; • Manage IPF’s budget, using an approved electronic software, by timely reconciling all accounts each month, timely depositing received checks into appropriate bank accounts, and providing quarterly budget reports and projections to the Executive Director; • Develop monthly and quarterly bill-paying calendar, to ensure timely payment of all vendor bills; • Generate checks for payment to litigation-related and other vendors, upon approved requests from employees; • Maintain IPF’s payroll system, including management of the employee leave program, the timely payment of bi-weekly paychecks, timely distribution of employee W-2s and vendor 1099s, and timely payment of all payroll taxes; • Facilitate the quarterly and annual closing of IPFs books with an approved accountant, and ensure that the timely completion and filing of IPF’s taxes and any other government-required submissions; • Oversee,...