Press Releases

7/17/2014 - Former Death Penalty Prosecutors Urge Florida Supreme Court to Reverse Conviction of Man on Death Row Based on DNA Evidence Pointing to Alternate Suspect

6/26/2014 - Based on New DNA Evidence, Florida Supreme Court Reverses Murder Conviction of Man Who Served 28 Years on Death Row

6/25/2014 - Louisiana Man Exonerated After Serving Nearly 17 Years for an Attempted Rape that DNA Evidence Shows He Didn’t Commit

6/16/2014 - VT Governor to Sign into Law New Wrongful Conviction Reforms

6/3/2014 - Innocence Project Will Appeal Decision of West Virginia Court Which Refuses to Reverse Guilty Plea of Man Who Has Served Over a Decade for a Rape DNA Evidence Proves He Didn’t Commit

4/14/2014 - Innocence Project Urges Congress to Pass Justice For All Reauthorization Act of 2013 to Strengthen the Criminal Justice System

4/9/2014 - The Senate Commerce Committee Unanimously Approves Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Forensics Practices Are Based on Best Science

3/20/2014 - New DNA and Previously Undisclosed Evidence Points to Innocence of North Carolina Man Serving 80 Years for Double Homicide and Arson

3/11/2014 - Based on New DNA and Previously Undisclosed Evidence, North Carolina Court Reverses Conviction of Man Who Has Served Nearly 20 Years

2/28/2014 - New Evidence Suggests Cameron Todd Willingham Prosecutor Deceived Board of Pardons and Paroles About Informant Testimony in Opposition to Stay of Execution

12/17/2013 - New Jersey Man Exonerated After Serving 19 Years for a Murder that New DNA Evidence Shows He Didn’t Commit

11/8/2013 - Former Williamson County Prosecutor Ken Anderson Enters Plea to Contempt for Misconduct in Michael Morton’s Wrongful Murder Conviction

10/24/2013 - New Jersey Prosecutor Agrees to Reverse the Conviction of New Jersey Man Who Served 19 Years for a Murder that New DNA Evidence Shows He Didn’t Commit

9/27/2013 - Cameron Todd Willingham’s Surviving Relatives, Joined by Exoneree Michael Morton, Request Posthumous Pardon Investigation

9/18/2013 - Innocence Project Asks New Jersey Court to Reverse Conviction of New Jersey Man Who Has Wrongly Served 19 Years in Prison

7/18/2013 - Innocence Project and NACDL Announce Historic Partnership with the FBI and Department of Justice on Microscopic Hair Analysis Cases

5/28/2013 - Oklahoma Becomes 50th State to Guarantee Wrongly Convicted Access to DNA Testing to Prove Innocence

5/13/2013 - New DNA Testing Reveals Innocence of Man on Florida’s Death Row and Points to Victim’s Daughter as Likely Perpetrator

4/19/2013 - Michael Morton Prosecutor Will Face Criminal Charges for Withholding Evidence

4/2/2013 - Innocence Project Deeply Troubled By Plea of Wrongly Convicted Arizona Man

3/13/2013 - Kentucky General Assembly Passes Major Improvements to Post-Conviction DNA Access Law; Bill Will Soon Make its Way to Governor’s Desk

2/11/2013 - Texas Man Cleared of 1981 Murder That DNA Proves He Didn’t Commit

1/25/2013 - Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck Responds to Montgomery County District Attorney’s Flawed Proposal for DNA Testing for Larry Swearingen

1/18/2013 - Missouri Man Exonerated After Serving More Than 30 Years for a Rape and Murder Evidence Shows He Didnit Commit

1/17/2013 - Innocence Project Seeks DNA Testing For Texas Death Row Inmate Larry Swearingen Who Is Facing A February 27 Execution Date

1/9/2013 - Innocence Project Applauds Governor Cuomo for Making Wrongful Conviction Reform a Priority in Coming Legislative Session

1/7/2013 - Lake County, Illinois Man Exonerated After 25 Year Struggle to Clear His Name

12/26/2012 - State Appeals Court Denies AG Appeal, Clearing the Path for Missouri Man’s Full Exoneration

12/17/2012 - Innocence Network Organizations Secured 22 Exonerations in 2012, Including 300th DNA Exoneration

11/29/2012 - Oregon Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision Mandating Major Changes in the Way Courts Handle Identification Procedures

11/14/2012 - St. Louis Man Who Narrowly Escaped the Death Penalty Released After Serving More Than 30 Years In Spite of Meritless Appeal by AG

11/8/2012 - Innocence Project Deeply Disappointed that Missouri AG Is Appealing the Court’s Decision Granting Habeas Relief to George Allen Jr.

11/2/2012 - Missouri Judge Overturns Rape and Murder Conviction of Man Who Served More Than 30 Years for Crimes He Did Not Commit

10/24/2012 - Cameron Todd Willingham’s Surviving Relatives Petition for Posthumous Pardon 20 Years After Conviction

10/1/2012 - Pennsylvania Stop on National Tour Addressing Prosecutorial Error Tonight in Philadelphia

9/28/2012 - Louisiana Man on Death Row for 15 Years Becomes 300th Person Exonerated by DNA Evidence

9/24/2012 - New York City Police Department, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and Innocence Project Awarded Federal Funds to Identify Wrongful Convictions

9/10/2012 - Prosecutorial Oversight Coalition Responds to Texas District and County Attorney Association’s report on Prosecutorial Misconduct

8/24/2012 - DNA Evidence Clears Fort Worth Man Who Served 24 Years for a Sexual Assault He Always Maintained He Didn’t Commit

7/19/2012 - DNA Evidence Exonerates Oklahoma Man Who Served 16 Years for a Burglary and Robbery He Didn’t Commit

7/19/2012 - New Jersey Supreme Court Issues New Jury Instructions That Will Greatly Improve the Way Courts Handle Identification Evidence

7/12/2012 - Innocence Project Praises Bills Filed in Both Houses of Congress Today Mandating Scientific Standards for Forensic Sciences

6/19/2012 - Wrongly Convicted Tell Congress about the Inhumane Treatment They Suffered in Solitary Confinement

5/30/2012 - Stop Wrongful Convictions Now: Innocence Project and New York State Bar Association Call to Action

4/30/2012 - Colorado Man to be Exonerated by DNA Evidence After Nearly 18 Years in Prison for a Murder and Rape He Didn’t Commit

4/26/2012 - Panel Discussion at Phoenix School of Law Addresses Prosecutorial Misconduct

3/30/2012 - Innocence Project Deeply Disappointed that Missouri AG Refuses to Recognize the Injustice to George Allen Who Has Served 30 Years for a Murder He Didn�t Commit

3/29/2012 - New Research Illustrates Lack of Accountability for Prosecutors in Texas

3/9/2012 - Innocence Project Urges New York Lawmakers to Follow China’s Lead and Require Mandatory Recording of Interrogations

3/5/2012 - Innocence Project and New York State Bar Association Urge Lawmakers To Include Wrongful Conviction Provisions in DNA Database Expansion

2/17/2012 - Innocence Project Provides More Evidence of Innocence in Effort to Overturn Murder Conviction of George Allen

2/16/2012 - Judge Orders Court of Inquiry into Possible Prosecutorial Misconduct That Contributed to Michael Morton’s Wrongful Murder Conviction

2/15/2012 - Illinois Appeals Court Throws Major Blow to Lake County Prosecutor’s Effort to Retry Man that DNA Testing Has Excluded as Source of Evidence in 1986 Rape

2/10/2012 - Texas Court Rules There Is Probable Cause to Believe Former District Attorney Violated State Law in Michael Morton Prosecution

2/6/2012 - Innocence Project Research Illustrates Lack of Accountability for Prosecutors Who Commit Misconduct

1/17/2012 - Four Chicago Men Exonerated of 1994 Murder and Rape by New DNA Evidence Linking the Crime to a Convicted Murderer

1/4/2012 - Dallas Man Cleared After Serving Nearly 31 Years For a Rape DNA and Other Evidence Prove He Didn’t Commit

12/21/2011 - Innocence Network Organizations Secured 21 Exonerations in 2011

12/19/2011 - Innocence Project Asks Texas Court to Officially Exonerate Michael Morton of the 1987 Murder of His Wife

12/6/2011 - Virginia Court of Appeals Exonerates Richmond Man Who Served Nearly 27 Years for Sexual Assaults DNA and Other Evidence Prove He Didn’t Commit

11/16/2011 - Chicago Judge Overturns Murder Convictions of Four Men Based on New DNA Evidence Linking the Crime to a Convicted Murderer

11/3/2011 - Three Men from Cook County, Illinois, Exonerated of 1991 Rape and Murder, Exonerations of Two Others to Follow

10/27/2011 - Innocence Project, Veritas Initiative, Innocence Project New Orleans and Voices of Innocence Will Embark on Nationwide Tour Seeking Policy Reforms to Prevent Prosecutorial Misconduct

10/21/2011 - New Orleans Man Wrongly Incarcerated for 30 Years Exonerated of Rape that New DNA Evidence Proves He Didn’t Commit

10/4/2011 - Texas Man Freed After Serving Nearly 25 Years for Murdering His Wife That New DNA Evidence Shows He Didn’t Commit

9/27/2011 - Innocence Project Asks Virginia Appeals Court to Clear a Richmond Man Who Has Served Nearly 27 Years for Rapes He Didn’t Commit

9/26/2011 - New Evidence Proves St. Louis Man Has Served 29 Years for a Murder and Rape He Did Not Commit

9/21/2011 - Troy Davis Executed in Georgia Despite Substantial Evidence Pointing to Innocence

9/20/2011 - Pennsylvania Advisory Committee on Wrongful Convictions Report Establishes Need for Reform

8/24/2011 - New Jersey Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision Mandating Major Changes in the Way Courts Handle Identification Procedures

8/17/2011 - New DNA Evidence Points to a Third-Party Intruder in Case of Texas Man Who Has Served 25 Years in Prison for Murdering his Wife

7/12/2011 - Innocence Project Congratulates Dewey Bozella on Receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award

7/7/2011 - Iowa State Fire Marshal Implements Policy Changes to Prevent Wrongful Arson Convictions

6/20/2011 - Innocence Project Concerned that Reforms to Prevent Wrongful Convictions Are Being Abandoned in End of Session Efforts to Expand the DNA Database

6/17/2011 - Tennessee Supreme Court Grants DNA Testing to Man Who Claims He Has Been Wrongfully Imprisoned for 30 Years

5/13/2011 - Texas Senate Passes Bill that Would Significantly Weaken Investigations by the Texas Forensic Science Commission

5/5/2011 - Jason Flom Establishes Senior Litigation Position at the Innocence Project in Honor of His Father Joseph Flom

4/20/2011 - Innocence Project Applauds Federal Appeals Court Ruling in Jeffrey MacDonald Case Saying Court Must Consider All Evidence of Innocence When Considering Innocence Claims

3/29/2011 - Wrongfully Convicted Urge Action in Wake of Supreme Court Decision Expanding Immunity for Prosecutors

3/9/2011 - Innocence Project Applauds Illinois for Abolishing the Death Penalty

3/7/2011 - Supreme Court Rules Texas Inmate Can Use Federal Civil Rights Law to Seek DNA Testing

3/3/2011 - Cornelius Dupree Fully Exonerated After Serving 30 Years For a Dallas Rape and Robbery He Didn’t Commit

2/25/2011 - Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules That a Confession Does Not Bar Access to Post Conviction DNA Testing

2/3/2011 - Innocence Project, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and Hogan Lovells US LLP Ask Virginia Appeals Court to Exonerate a Richmond Man Who Has Served Nearly 27 Years for Rapes He Didn’t Commit

1/3/2011 - Houston Man To Be Declared Innocent After Serving 30 Years For a Dallas Rape and Robbery He Didn’t Commit

12/20/2010 - Innocence Network Organizations Secured 29 Exonerations in 2010

11/12/2010 - DNA Test Proves Critical Hair Evidence in a Capital Murder Case Didn’t Match Man Executed

10/20/2010 - Innocence Project Announces Three New Members to Board of Directors

9/27/2010 - The Innocence Project and Winston & Strawn Launch First Online Database of DNA Wrongful Convictions

9/15/2010 - Texas Forensic Science Commission Set to Discuss Willingham Arson Case

7/28/2010 - House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Review and Reform the Criminal Justice System

7/21/2010 - Texas Forensic Science Commission Set to Discuss Willingham Case and Arson Convictions Statewide

6/21/2010 - Special Master Appointed by N.J. Supreme Court Calls for Major Overhaul of Legal Standards for Eyewitness Testimony

6/15/2010 - Texas Judge Orders DNA Test in Case of Man Executed 10 Years Ago

6/9/2010 - DNA Database Search Could Free Man on Florida’s Death Row; Legal Papers Filed to Force State to Allow Search for Real Perpetrator in 1986 Murder Case

4/28/2010 - Rochester Man To Be Freed 18 Years After Wrongful Murder Conviction; DNA and Confession Lead to Actual Perpetrator

4/26/2010 - Critical Bill to Examine and Reshape Criminal Justice System Introduced in House

4/5/2010 - Governor Strickland Signs Groundbreaking Reform Package On Wrongful Convictions, Making Ohio a National Model

3/23/2010 - With Forum Tonight in DC and Resolutions in Several States, Momentum Builds for Basing Arson Analysis on Solid Science

3/16/2010 - Ohio Passes Major Package of Reforms on Wrongful Convictions; Governor Is Expected to Sign Bill, Making Ohio a National Model

2/4/2010 - In 250th DNA Exoneration Nationwide, New York Man Is Proven Innocent 33 Years After Wrongful Conviction for Rape

12/18/2009 - Year-in-Review: 27 People in the U.S. Exonerated by Innocence Network Organizations in 2009

12/2/2009 - 81% of Exonerated People Who Have Been Compensated Under State Laws Received Less Than the Federal Standard, New Innocence Project Report Shows

11/20/2009 - Innocence Network Asks Ohio Appeals Court to Grant New Trial Based on Tainted Forensic Evidence

10/22/2009 - 400 People from 125 Texas Towns — Including 15 Exonerated with DNA Testing — Urge State Panel to Continue Willingham Probe

9/23/2009 - New Jersey Judge to Hear Case on Eyewitness Guidelines

8/31/2009 - New Report Shows that Cameron Todd Willingham, Executed in Texas in 2004, Was Innocent

8/21/2009 - Innocence Project Seeks Thorough Search for Evidence That Could Prove New Jersey Man Innocent in 1985 Rape

8/19/2009 - Innocence Project Statement on Decision Dismissing Murder Charges Against Ralph Armstrong After 29 Years

8/6/2009 - DNA Testing Proves Houston Man’s Innocence in 1985 Rape; Case Highlights Serious Problems with Forensic Science

7/16/2009 - As More States Weigh Improving Lineups, New Innocence Project Report Shows Extent of the Problem and Effectiveness of Reform

6/25/2009 - Supreme Court Ruling on Crime Lab Testimony Is a Step Forward, But Doesn’t Resolve Underlying Problems with Forensic Science

6/18/2009 - The Exonerated and Their Families in New York State Call for Legislative Reforms to Improve Criminal Justice

6/18/2009 - U.S. Supreme Court Decision on DNA Testing Is Disappointing But Will Have Limited Impact, Innocence Project Says

6/8/2009 - New York Leads Most States in Number of Wrongful Convictions, Must Enact Reforms to Prevent Them, Innocence Project Report Finds

5/12/2009 - Paul House Fully Cleared in 1986 TN Death Row Conviction; Case is “a profound reminder that our system of justice must give people every reasonable opportunity to prove their innocence”

5/11/2009 - DNA Testing Proves Man’s Innocence in 1984 Richmond Rape; Lawyers Seek Full Reinvestigations in Two Additional Convictions

5/1/2009 - Chief Judge of NY High Court Creates Unprecedented Justice Task Force; Innocence Project Says Task Force is a ‘Huge Step Forward’ and a National Model

4/13/2009 - Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Tuesday on Whether Man Convicted of Rape/Murder Can Have DNA Testing

3/11/2009 - U.S. Department of Justice Failing to Enforce Critical Forensic Oversight, New Innocence Project Report Finds

2/18/2009 - National Academy of Sciences Urges Comprehensive Reform of U.S. Forensic Sciences

2/5/2009 - Prosecutors, Crime Victims, People Exonerated with DNA Testing and Others Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Recognize Constitutional Right to Post-Conviction DNA Testing

1/27/2009 - Innocence Project, Representing Alaska Man in U.S. Supreme Court Case, Says Constitution Allows Post-Conviction DNA Tests

1/9/2009 - Steven Barnes is Fully Exonerated with DNA Testing in Utica, NY, Nearly 20 Years After Wrongful Conviction for Rape and Murder

12/17/2008 - Alleging Negligence in Baltimore Crime Lab, Innocence Project Formally Requests Investigation under Federal Law

11/25/2008 - Nearly 20 Years After Rape and Murder Conviction, Steven Barnes Is Released from Prison Based on DNA Testing

9/16/2008 - Innocence Project and Affiliated Organizations Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Maintain Safeguards Against Systemic Prosecutorial Misconduct

8/6/2008 - Victim’s Family Joins Federal Lawsuit for DNA Testing That Could Overturn a Wrongful Conviction and Solve a Cold Case

8/5/2008 - Mississippi Takes ‘Huge First Steps’ Against Unprecedented Autopsy Misconduct but Must Take Further Action, Innocence Project Says

8/4/2008 - 25 Years After Wrongful Conviction, Steven Phillips Set To Be Exonerated in Dallas Based on DNA and Other Evidence

7/29/2008 - Newark Man’s Conviction for 1995 Murder Should Be Tossed Based on DNA Testing and Other New Evidence

7/1/2008 - NY State Senate Task Force to Hold Public Hearing July 2 on Preventing Wrongful Convictions

6/24/2008 - Innocence Project and Affiliated Organizations Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Critical Right to Challenge Forensic Evidence in Criminal Cases

5/28/2008 - Dean Cage, Wrongfully Convicted Based on Eyewitness ID Practices that Are Still in Place Today, Is Exonerated in Chicago with DNA

5/27/2008 - DNA Testing Proves Chicago Man’s Innocence in 1994 Rape

5/21/2008 - 26 Years After Wrongful Conviction in Detroit Rape Case - Walter Swift is Released from Prison and Exonerated

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