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

Wrongfully Convicted Indiana Man Seeking Innocence-Based Pardon Files Petition in Face of Gov. Pence Inaction

Indiana Pardon & Parole Board unanimously recommended two years ago that Governor Pence pardon Keith Cooper  Trial prosecutor and Republican representative from district where crime occurred sent letters urging Pence to grant pardon Elkhart, IN – Attorneys for a wrongfully man who spent over a decade in maximum security prison for a crime he didn’t… Read More

Longest-Ever Wrongfully Incarcerated Woman in U.S. History Sues Those Who Framed Her

35 Years Suffering Behind Bars for Innocent, Mentally Ill Woman Framed by Cops, DA & Doctor RENO, NV – Attorneys for Cathy Woods, who according to the National Registry of Exonerations’ database is the longest-ever wrongfully incarcerated woman in U.S. history, filed suit in federal court here today against four former Reno, NV and Shreveport,… Read More

Man, Wrongfully Imprisoned 21 Years Due to Police Misconduct, Sues City of Lynn and Police Officers Who Investigated the Crime

Angel Echavarria today

LYNN, MA—Released one year ago today following his exoneration for a murder that he did not commit, Angel Echavarria is now suing the City of Lynn and former Lynn Police and Massachusetts State Police officers for malicious prosecution and violations of his civil rights.  In January 1996, Angel Echavarria was wrongly convicted of the January… Read More

Innocent Kansas Man Sues Cops & Prosecutor Who Framed Him

“They took fifteen years of my life,” says Floyd Bledsoe of his wrongful imprisonment. KANSAS CITY, KA – Attorneys for Oskaloosa native Floyd Bledsoe filed suit in federal court today against Jefferson County law enforcement officers and others who participated in a profoundly unfair investigation and trial that resulted in Mr. Bledsoe’s wrongful conviction for… Read More

Justice Scalia’s Legacy of Injustice

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away over the weekend. In a non-traditional sort of eulogy, rather than talking about Justice Scalia directly, I’d like to remember Justice Scalia by telling you about Troy Davis and Justice Scalia’s adherence to his principles, including his firmly held belief that the Constitution permits the execution of innocent… Read More

False Confessions in America

False confessions are more common than people think. Exoneration work and DNA testing reveal that police-induced false confessions are one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions of the innocent. More than 1 out of 4 people wrongfully convicted, but later exonerated by DNA, made false confessions or gave false incriminating statements. That’s astonishing. Given… Read More