Author Archives: Mark Godsey

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Sam Gross, editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, recently wrote an editorial for the Washington Post: The Staggering Number of Wrongful Convictions in American

In Hawaii, attorneys say they can prove that the investigation and prosecution resulting in Taryn Christian 1995 murder conviction were rife with fraud

Illinois exoneree Alprentiss Nash who was convicted of murder in 1995 and released in 2012 after DNA tests proved his innocence, was fatally shot Tuesday after an argument

New York’s highest court denies State’s appeal of 2014 court decision overturning the 1993 kidnapping convictions of Everton Wagstaffe and Reginald Connor…

New Conviction Integrity Unit formed in Orange County, New York…

Tuesday’s Quick Clicks…

Juan Silva, who falsely confessed in order to protect his son, to be released from prison

In Michigan, Adam Stevens’ second-degree murder conviction overturned

Jack Edward Sagin of California loses latest appeal for innocence

In Florida, witness who helped send Andre Bryant to prison has recanted

New book sheds light on possible miscarriage of justice in the trial of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar who were convicted of killing their 13 year-old daughter…

Monday’s Quick Clicks…

The Connecticut Supreme Court upholds Judges decision to bar expert testimony on eyewitness unreliability…

Maine High Court denies Dennis Dechaine’s request for a new trial

Kansas University Innocence Project client Kimberly Sharp wins 10th Circuit appeal

200,000 pages of “Central Park Five” documents to be released

In North Carolina, Damian Mills and Teddy Isbell Sr. have reached a tentative settlement agreement with Buncombe County officials while their criminal convictions are still pending review…

Exoneree Band Rocks it out in Cleveland

Exoneree Band2The Exoneree Band performed live last week in guitarist Raymond Towler’s hometown, Cleveland, Ohio. Among the concert attendees were several students from the Ohio Innocence Project who traveled from Cincinnati to Cleveland to see the band play. The band features Raymond Towler (Ohio) on guitar; William Michael Dillon (Florida) on guitar and vocals; Antoine Day (Illinois) on vocals and drums; Eddie Lowery (Kansas) guitar and vocals; Ted Bradford (Washington) on bass; and Alan Northrop (Washington) drums. Each member was once imprisoned for a crime they did not commit. Collectively, they served over 100 years for these crimes before being exonerated.

Wednesday’s Quick Clicks…

The Oklahoma Innocence Project continues to battle for Malcolm Scott’s freedom…

Robert W. Wood of Forbes Magazine discusses why “Taxing Wrongful Conviction Money Is Wrong“…

The National Law Review covers the root causes of wrongful conviction

In Chicago, DNA proves Daniel Andersen’s innocence in 1980 stabbing…

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to grant immunity to  former Pennsylvania prosecutors in civil suit filed by David Munchinski who spent 24 years wrongfully imprisoned…

Thembekile Molaudzi Update

Earlier this month Wits Justice Project client Thembekile Molaudzi was released from prison after his conviction for murder and robbery was reversed by the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Molaudzi served eleven years of a life sentence, during which time he was subjected to torture and forced into solitary confinement.

See below for recent new stories and podcasts featuring Molaudzi and Carolyn Raphaely, the journalist who investigated his case and helped prove his innocence.

Podcasts

Kaya FM – Today with  John Perlman: https://soundcloud.com/kayafm959/today-with-john-pelman-7-jul-2015-thembekile-molaudzi-in-prison-after-falsely-accused-of-murder?in=kayafm959/sets/today-with-john-perlman-23-april-2014

Cliff Central, Host Gary Herzberg, on “Laws of Life”

TV

ENCA – Thulasizwe Simelane

Articles

Innocent man’s long walk to freedom – The Star

For Thembekile Molaudzi, justice delayed was justice denied – Daily Maverick. Also appeared in All Africa

Wrongful Arrest: 11 Agonising Years Behind Bars – EWN

Wrongfully Arrested Man Opens Up About 11-year Imprisonment – EWN

Man Finally free after 11 years of wrongful imprisonment – North Eastern Tribune

Onskuldige Pta-man vry na 11 jaar agter tralies – Nuusneus

Former Ohio Innocence Project Fellow Catlin Wells Describes Her Experience

Catlin Wells, a rising 3L at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, dedicated an entire year of her life to the Ohio Innocence Project. During that time she witnessed six overturned convictions, the most to occur in any single year for the OIP. After being asked to write about her experience, Catlin found  it difficult to describe the profound impact working at the OIP had on her.

I thought about what I would put on a resume, but I couldn’t figure out how to reduce a whirlwind of a summer internship into a few bullet points […] I used the control A function to delete my draft and started over, this time trying to think about what I would tell if I had to turn my experience into one of those thirty second networking elevator speeches. “My name is Catlin, and I…” I couldn’t finish that one either.

Last week, I watched Ricky Jackson, a man who spent thirty nine years in prison for a crime that he did not commit, walk out of the jail doors and into life as a free man. Surrounded by a sea of microphones and questions, Ricky shrugged off questions about systematic injustice and the twelve year old whose testimony led to his incarceration. “I’m just glad to be out. I’m glad to be free.” At lunch a few hours later, Dean Gillispie, a Dayton exoneree, looked at Ricky and asked him if he’d used the bathroom yet. “Those sinks,” Dean said, “they just turn on by themselves.” When Ricky laughed, Dean gestured towards a line of exonerees and said, “It’s hard to get used to, but we’ll take care of you. You’re our brother now, you’re one of us. ”

Nothing follows the “I” of my elevator speech because what I am doing is not about me. My job is not about accumulating credentials, but about a man who, after almost four decades in jail had the compassion to forgive the kid who put him there. It’s about Dean, his line of brothers, and the other innocent men and women who still sit behind bars waiting until they too can throw their hands up and say, “I’m free.”

This article was featured in the Winter edition of the Dayton Federal Bar Association Newsletter. Read the full article here.

Monday’s Quick Clicks…

Attorneys for Howard Guidry accuse Former Texas Prosecutor Kelly Siegler of withholding evidence in Guidry’s 1995 murder trial just a week after another man prosecuted by Siegler, David Mark Temple, had his conviction overturned for the same reason…

Daniel Scheidell finally returns home a month after his 1995 conviction was overturned by a Wisconsin Court…

Advances in DNA technology pave the way for inmates to get new tests on evidence…

Evidence of Police Dishonesty Leads to Overturned Convictions Nationwide

The Gotham Gazette asks, “Are DA’s Doing Enough to Overturn Wrongful Convictions?”

Friday’s Quick Clicks…

Court refuses to award compensation to Phil Webster, UK man wrongfully convicted of rape…

Mark Webster’s 2012 conviction for abduction has been overturned by a Virginia court due to new witness statements…

Darren Corbridge and John Naylor, two UK men wrongfully convicted of attacking police officers, will receive five figure sum  in compensation settlement …

Wednesday’s Quick Clicks…

New Jersey exoneree awarded $12.5 million for 22 years of wrongful imprisonment…

Rhode Island judge overturns 1992 murder conviction based on DNA test results…

The 9th Circuit issues landmark DNA ruling

Ohio Exoneree Raymond Towler gears up to perform with the Exoneree Band in his home state…

Friday’s Quick Clicks…

Michigan inmate’s request for DNA testing on evidence from 1988 murder has been granted…

North Carolina man reaches settlement agreement with county, wins compensation for 11 years of wrongful incarceration…

New York judge denies state’s motion to dismiss, allows widow to sue for compensation on behalf of husband who died a year after being exonerated…

Thursday’s Quick Clicks…

Police insider says a Chicago man’s false confession resulted from beatings inflicted by detectives…

A wrongfully convicted man who was released from prison last month after being locked up 27 years started work Tuesday at his new job as a paralegal

Alaska Newspaper calls for a change in shaken baby investigations…

In Wisconsin, a man convicted of murder seeks new trial on the basis that the murder was actually a suicide…

Georgia Supreme Court says DNA evidence suggesting a different perpetrator  not enough to get man convicted of sexual assault a new trial…

Wednesday’s Quick Clicks…

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project seeks new DNA test in 1974 Virginia Beach rape…

The West Virginia Innocence Project seeks DNA testing in effort to prove client’s innocence…

Tuesday’s Quick Clicks…

In Ghana, a newspaper reporter is suing the government for 2 million Ghanaian Cedi ($500,000 USD) for wrongful imprisonment…

In Scotland, family members of the Lockerbie bombing victims lose bid to overturn the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi…

In the US, President Obama has signed a bill that will expand clemency powers to allow the release of nonviolent drug offenders…

Judge identifies 12 huge lies about Justice in America…

Monday’s Quick Clicks…

The New Jersey legislature has passed a bill that will increase the availability of DNA testing for all inmates claiming to have been wrongfully convicted…

The Michigan Supreme Court has granted a new trial for a Michigan Innocence Project client Leo Ackley…

Rhode Island expands law to allow DNA testing for those convicted of any violent crime…

Steve Wax of the Oregon Innocence Project explains the new Oregon DNA testing law

Thursday’s Quick Clicks…

The Governor of Oregon has signed a law that will expand access to post-conviction DNA testing…

The ACLU of Nebraska and the Nebraska Innocence Project are suing to obtain jailhouse records on behalf of an Omaha man who was convicted of murder in 2009…

The Economist reports a global trend toward abolition of the death penalty…

The Oklahoma Innocence Project has filed an application for post-conviction relief on behalf of a Tulsa man convicted of 2001 murder…

Wednesday’s Quick Clicks…

Adnan Syed of “Serial” podcast seeks evidentiary hearing on new alibi evidence…

new bill designed to strengthen the UK court system’s ability to overturn wrongful convictions has been presented to Parliament…

A year after being exonerated, Kevin Martin files $30 million compensation suit against the District of Columbia for the 26 years he spent wrongfully imprisoned…

Illinois exoneree Darrell Williams finally gets a shot at playing in the NBA

South African Constitutional Court Orders Immediate Release of Wrongfully Imprisoned Man

With help from the Wits Justice Project, South African  Thembekile Molaudzi was released from prison last week after serving 11 years for the 2002 murder of Dingaan Makuna, a Mothutlung policeman. The only evidence implicating Molaudzi was the confession of another man also accused of the crime. After a long battle, the Constitutional Court overturned Molaudzi’s conviction, issuing him a Warrant of Liberation that called for his immediate release.