Innocence Project’s Edwin Grimsley Shares a Decade of Wrongful Conviction Knowledge
By Innocence Staff
Over the course of 10 years, Innocence Project Senior Case Analyst Edwin Grimsley has reviewed thousands of letters from people in prison who have contacted the Innocence Project, trying to prove their innocence. He’s been a liaison of sorts for people in prison and Innocence Project lawyers, skillfully combing through court and police documents to determine if DNA can prove defendants’ innocence and then recommending the strongest cases to the legal team to take on. Grimsley conceived the theories for which DNA testing could prove innocence in five wrongful convictions, including that of Nathan Brown who was freed in 2014. Nathan spent 17 years of wrongful incarceration in Louisiana.
Grimsley has also spent countless hours conducting his own research on how black men and black youth are disproportionately wrongly convicted. He led the effort toward more conversations about the effects of racial biases in wrongful convictions by writing blog pieces and conducting interviews with talk radio and magazines. After contributing a decade of outstanding work at the Innocence Project, he will continue to follow his passion for fixing the flaws in the criminal justice system by earning a Ph.D. in sociology with a focus on race and policing.
Edwin shares highlights from his time at the Innocence Project and an excellent syllabus on wrongful conviction.
Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed Senate Bill 423, which clarifies that individuals who were convicted by way of a guilty plea, Alford plea or plea of nolo contendere (no contest) to petition the courts for post-conviction DNA testing or review on the basis of newly discovered non-DNA evidence.