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This Week in Innocence News – December 1, 2017

By Innocence Staff

Here are some of this week’s news highlights:

Public defenders speak up and push back
Last week, Stateline examined how public defenders’ offices around the country are trying new tactics to expose and address the ongoing issue of being overburdened, underfunded and understaffed. Stateline

Attorneys urge readers to face the facts about wrongful convictions
In an op-ed for the New Orleans Advocate, Innocence Project Senior Staff Attorney Nina Morrison and Emily Maw, director of Innocence Project New Orleans, called for readers to look beyond the exoneration stories and focus on the causes and consequences of wrongful conviction. The Advocate

California man exonerated of 1978 double murder 
Craig Coley was officially exonerated on Wednesday when a superior court judge expunged his double murder conviction due to factual innocence. Coley was pardoned on November 22 by California Governor Jerry Brown after DNA evidence excluded him and matched to another man. The Ventura County Star

Peter Pringle and Sunny Jacobs: finding love after wrongful conviction
In an interview with The Marshall Project, exonerees Peter Pringle and Sunny Jacobs discuss their wrongful convictions, their time on death row, their exonerations and how they connected through healing and mindfulness. The Marshall Project

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