I support improving access to DNA testing for the innocent in Pennsylvania

Anthony “Tony” Wright was just 20 years old when he was wrongfully convicted of a brutal murder and rape of a 77-year-old woman in Philadelphia. Police wrote up a confession and threatened Tony with bodily harm if he didn’t sign it.

At his original 1993 trial, Tony narrowly escaped the death penalty by a 7 to 5 vote of the jury and was sent to prison.

It took 25 years for Tony to prove his innocence. He spent years fighting to get DNA testing because Pennsylvania has one of the most restrictive laws in the country for the wrongfully convicted to access this evidence.

Call your lawmaker and tell them to support HB2307/HB2308: 267-704-7074

When Tony was finally granted DNA testing in 2013 it excluded him and implicated a man named Ronnie Byrd, who died soon after. Pennsylvania’s restrictive DNA testing law meant that Tony had to spend more years in prison and that the victim’s family could not bring Ronnie Byrd to justice.

Now, a year after his exoneration, Tony is fighting to fix Pennsylvania’s broken DNA testing law so that other wrongfully convicted Pennsylvanians do not endure his nightmare. However, he can’t do this alone.

We need Pennsylvanians to stand up for better access to DNA testing for the innocent by reaching out to lawmakers and spreading the word about improving the law. Bills HB1801 and HB1802 have been introduced and we need your help keep it moving forward.  

Please stand with Anthony Wright, the Innocence Project, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, and other wrongly convicted people in Pennsylvania by contacting your lawmaker. Ask them to support HB2307 and HB2308 before the House Judiciary committee vote at the beginning of June. Calling your lawmaker is easy, just sign up in the top right corner.  

Photo of Innocence Project Senior Attorney Nina Morrison, Tony, and his granddaughter by Kevin Monko.