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Although Freedom Eludes Him, Darryl Howard Presses On

Posted: Jul 02, 2015 10:35 AM

In honor of Independence Day this year, the Innocence Project calls attention to the case of Darryl Howard, who, like others who have been wrongfully convicted at the hands of a flawed criminal justice system, is fighting to prove his innocence and to secure his freedom.
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Exoneree Glenn Ford Dies at 65; Stood as a Symbol of Louisiana’s Injustice toward the Innocent

Posted: Jul 01, 2015 02:03 PM

Glenn Ford, who was exonerated of murder early last year, passed away on Monday at the age of 65. A New Orleans judged ruled in March 2014 that new evidence revealed that Ford wasn’t at the scene of a 1983 robbery and murder for which he was wrongly convicted and served nearly 30 years in solitary confinement on death row. The Shreveport Times reports that Ford was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after his release from prison.
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From the Inside: How the Innocence Project Changed the Life of One High School Senior

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 02:54 PM

All I expected from my senior year internship was a glance into the legal system and to see how the Innocence Project operates. Instead, I’ve reached a deeper understanding of what the law and our criminal justice system can be, and I’ve learned so much about myself.
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Innocence Project and Oregon Innocence Project Cheer New Law Improving Access to DNA Testing

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 01:06 PM

Gov. Kate Brown signed into law on June 25, 2015 HB 3206, which improve access to DNA testing for those seeking to prove they were wrongly convicted by removing the incarceration requirement and by creating a fairer standard for accessing testing.  

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Massachusetts High Court to Inform Jurors about Risk of Cross-Racial Misidentifications

Posted: Jun 29, 2015 10:39 AM

The Massachusetts criminal justice system made a significant step toward preventing wrongful convictions last week. The state’s Supreme Judicial Court announced that, unless decided otherwise by the prosecution and the defense, judges will instruct jurors on criminal cases that people can have difficulty accurately identifying individuals of races different from their own, writes the Boston Globe. The court also authorized judges to include a cross-ethnic eyewitness identification instruction in appropriate circumstances. The purpose of the instructions is to help jurors to evaluate the accuracy of eyewitness identifications.

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