Mass Exoneration Highlights Chicago’s Continuing Failure to Discipline Police

It was a stunning achievement. At one stroke, on November 16th, 15 men falsely accused and convicted of serious crimes had their convictions overturned when mounting and overwhelming evidence demonstrated that their police accusers were themselves criminals who engaged in the serious crimes of framing these men. Later that night, seven alleged corrupt cops were… Read More

Indiana Man Exonerated Through State’s First Gubernatorial Pardon Based on Innocence Sues Cops Who Framed Him

Keith Cooper’s case drew national attention as then-Governor Mike Pence pandered to his “alt-right” base by refusing to pardon a wrongfully convicted black man. His successor, Governor Holcomb, pardoned Cooper within four weeks of entering office. November 6, 2017 – Today the first person in Indiana history to win a gubernatorial pardon based upon actual… Read More

The Injustice of the Arpaio Pardon

Every quarter, we offer a wrongful conviction roundup, recounting a sample of hard fought exonerations over the past three months. Typically, the post is a celebration of the quarter’s newly innocent and a description of their challenging journeys to exoneration. This quarter, however, with a Department of Justice that is anti-justice and an administration that steadily assaults civil… Read More

Wrongfully Imprisoned Suburban Day Care Worker Sues Those Who Fixed Murder Case Against Her

Jennifer Del Prete wrongfully imprisoned for nearly a decade thanks to junk “science,” suppression of evidence to convict her in phony daycare abuse scare ROMEOVILLE, IL – A woman who was the victim of a sensationalist scare about alleged predatory daycare workers a decade ago is suing Romeoville police and “experts” who fabricated scientific findings… Read More

The Wrongful Conviction Roundup – 2017 Q2

This quarter’s wrongful conviction roundup again highlights alarming patterns of intentional police misconduct resulting in tragic injustice. There are infamous individual cops who have caused tons of wrongful convictions by doing “whatever it takes” to pin a crime on a suspect rather than conscientiously investigating the crime. The result is that the officers invariably nab… Read More

Victim of Notorious Frame-Up Cop Sues Chicago in Federal Court

Jose Montanez Was Wrongfully Imprisoned 23 Years Thanks to Disgraced Det. Reynaldo Guevara Today a man who lost 23 years of his life serving time in a prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is suing in federal court a disgraced former police detective who used dozens of frame-ups to advance his career. While serving… Read More

Forensic Science Without the Science

The Trump administration’s war on science continues, and its latest move will cause more wrongful convictions. Attorney General Jeff Sessions just announced that he will dissolve the National Commission on Forensic Science, the non-partisan organization tasked improving the reliability and accuracy of scientific evidence used in criminal cases. Sessions seeks to keep forensic testing under… Read More

BREAKING: Federal Jury Slams Chicago in One of the Highest Wrongful Conviction Awards in U.S. History

In one of the highest awards of its type in U.S. history, a 12-member federal jury today following a month-long trial found the City of Chicago and its current and former police officers liable for $22 million in compensatory damages and $40,000 in punitive damages. Fields spent the majority of his 18 years in prison… Read More

BREAKING–Ohio’s Largest-Ever Wrongful Conviction Verdict Upheld

Cleveland slammed by judge for evading responsibility for 2013 award, upping the ante to $14.6M David Ayers spent 11-1/2 years in prison for a murder he did not commit; Police reports suggest arrest was motivated by anti-gay animus CLEVELAND – A judge ruled this morning that the City of Cleveland cannot evade financial responsibility for… Read More

Touch DNA and Wrongful Convictions

In exonerating the wrongfully convicted, DNA is often a conclusive way of proving a person’s innocence. DNA testing on biological evidence left behind by a rapist or murderer can show that the actual culprit’s DNA does not match the DNA of the person who was convicted of committing the crime. When that happens, we know… Read More