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Innocence Network Week in Review: February 8, 2013

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Posted: February 8, 2013   4:25 PM

The Ohio Innocence Project has won the release of Douglas Prade, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his ex-wife in 1998.  A new DNA test found that bite marks previously attributed to Prade and largely responsible for his conviction could not have been left by him.
In the wake of a new motion filed by the Center on Wrongful Convictions, asking for a new trial for Ronald Taylor, both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times published editorials in support of giving Taylor the chance to prove his innocence.  Records show that Taylor was in police custody on a disorderly conduct charge at the time the murder he was convicted of committing occurred.
California Innocence Project exoneree Brian Banks appeared on American Public Media’s The Story to talk about his false rape conviction and the years it took to clear his name.
Death row exoneree Ronald Kitchen, a client of both the Center on Wrongful Convictions and Life After Innocence, is seeking to depose former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley as part of his lawsuit against former police Commander Jon Burge and the City of Chicago.
The Duke Law Innocence Project has filed a motion asking a court to overturn the murder conviction of Charles Ray Finch, who was convicted of the 1976 murder of Richard Lynn Holloman. Finch has served more than 36 years in prison.
Life After Innocence and exoneree James Kluppelberg were profiled in a Chicago Tribune piece about the hardships exonerees can still face even after their wrongful convictions have been overturned.  Cook County prosecutors plan to oppose Kluppelberg’s application for a certificate of innocence and without it, he is unable to receive compensation and cannot find employment.

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