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Illinois to Set Up Financial Aid Fund for Wrongfully Convicted

Posted: Aug 04, 2015 05:51 PM

Illinois passed a law which was signed into law on July 30th which will provide tuition assistance for residents who have been wrongfully convicted and exonerated.
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Was a 16-year-old Florida Boy Framed for Murder by His Older Brother?

Posted: Aug 03, 2015 04:39 PM

An article in today’s Tampa Bay Times tells the story of a 1987 murder case of a homeless man in Florida and calls into question whether the then-16-year-old white supremacist who was convicted for the crime was actually innocent.
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Michigan Exoneree Donya Davis and Others Call on Michigan to Change No Compensation Law

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 12:41 PM

Donya Davis of Detroit describes the day he was declared innocent of a rape he didn’t commit as “great,” filled with family and excitement. But in the year following his exoneration, Davis says he’s had to confront an onslaught of financial challenges, a problem all too common among the wrongfully convicted in the United States. In response, Davis is joining efforts with other local exonerees to demand more from the state.
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Kirk Bloodsworth Urges Congress to Fund DNA Testing and Innocence Efforts

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 04:51 PM

In an op-ed in The Hill on Wednesday, Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death row inmate to be exonerated by DNA evidence in the United States, called for congress to support initiatives to fund DNA testing, support crime labs and enable forensic science programs.
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Wagstaffe and Connor Fully Exonerated and Officially Innocent

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 10:30 AM

The Daily News has reported that Everton Wagstaffe and Reginald Connor were fully exonerated on July 27th after the state’s appeals courts shut down prosecutors’ attempts to overturn the decision that cleared them of murder and kidnapping charges. The two men were wrongfully convicted in 1993 of kidnapping 16-year-old Jennifer Negron in Brooklyn. Wagstaffe served 23 years in prison and Connor served 15, both proclaiming their innocence and fighting for their freedom throughout their sentences.

The Innocence Project consulted on the case and aided in testing foreign hairs found on the victim’s body for DNA, which revealed that the hairs had not come from Wagstaffe or Connor. The ruling to dismiss their charges was primarily based on a revelation that prosecutors had buried evidence that Wagstaffe himself uncovered that police had targeted Wagstaffe and Capella before even speaking with the informant who provided critical testimony against the two men.   

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