- State of Mississippi to make pay outs in more than a dozen wrongful conviction cases
- Pennsylvania Innocence Project wins new trial for woman convicted 42 years ago on flawed arson science
- Charges dropped against California Innocence Project client Michael Hanline, who is the longest serving wrongfully convicted Californian
- Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson honored for courage by DOJ
- Well-done video from British TV about Ohio Innocence Project’s recent new trial wins for Wheatt, Glover and Johnson based on flawed gun-shot residue evidence and Brady violations
- New Yorker article on compensation for the wrongfully convicted
- Exoneree Martin Tankleff mulls run for Congress
- A former Death Row inmate who was wrongfully convicted of a double murder after a Chicago cop withheld or fabricated evidence against him, then was left fuming when a federal jury awarded him just $80,000 in damages, is getting another chance to win the $18 million he says he deserves. Former El Rukn gang member Nathson Fields was last year denied a fair trial of his lawsuit against the City of Chicago, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly ruled late Monday.Authorities hid a “bonanza” deal that allowed a key witness for the city to get out of prison early after he testified against Fields last year, Kennelly ruled in ordering a new trial. Keep reading….
- Exonerees are failed twice by the criminal justice system
- Ohio wrongfully convicted Danny Brown, then it really screwed him
- Virginia prosecutor: Innocence man faces life behind bars unless Governor pardons him
Juan Rivera, 42, who endured three trials and twenty years of wrongful imprisonment before being exonerated of a vicious crime, has reached a $20 million settlement agreement with Lake County (IL) authorities. His $1 million award for each year in prison will enable him to pursue his education and assist his family, but, as reported in the Chicago Sun-Times (here), Rivera said, “I still would prefer my 20 years back [over] the $20 million.”
The settlement cost will be shared by the county and several municipalities that contributed police work in the investigation of the brutal crime. The largest amount will be paid by the city of Waukegan where the crime occurred.
Rivera was convicted of the 1992 rape and murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker. His conviction was based primarily on a confession that occurred over four days Continue reading
February 28, 2015 – Yesterday Washington D.C. Superior Court Judge Neal E. Kravitz ordered $9.2 million be paid by the District to Kirk L. Odom, 52, in compensation for more than 21 years of imprisonment after he was wrongfully convicted of a 1981 Capital Hill rape and burglary. The Washington Post reported (here) that “Odom is one of five D.C. men convicted of rape or murder whose charges have been vacated since 2009 because they were based on erroneous forensics and testimony by an elite unit of FBI hair experts.”
In his District-record award, the judge provided one formula for calculating compensation damages: $1,000 per day for wrongful incarceration, $250 per day for parole time and $200 for each day between his exoneration and trial. The article noted that Judge Kravitz’s opinion comes “as courts are coming to terms Continue reading
There has been a lot of publicity surrounding a protest by four individuals who spent years in prison for crimes they did not commit, and have subsequently been refused any compensation. The ‘Global Law Summit’ being held in London, already controversial for ‘celebrating’ the rule of law in the UK – at a time when the justice system is being decimated by government cuts – was the focus of the protest by Victor Nealon, Barry George, Martin Foran and James Boyle, each having suffered a miscarriage of justice but denied any compensation. A couple of news items on their protest appear here…
Why is Britain refusing to compensate victims of miscarriage of justice?
Barry George slams decision not to give him compensation cash
The state of Connecticut is awarding Kenneth Ireland $6 million after he was wrongfully convicted and served 21 years in prison for the 1986 rape and murder of Barbara Pelkey, a young mother of four.
According to the New Haven Register (here), effective immediately, Ireland will receive “$2.5 million for loss of liberty and enjoyment of life; $1.5 million for loss of earnings and earning capacity; $300,000 for loss of reputation; $1.5 million for physical and mental injuries; and $200,000 for costs and expenses.”
As reported by Phil Locke on this blog (here), this is the state’s first award by the Continue reading
Exoneree compensation was approved by the CT legislature in 2008, but the state has just made its first ever compensation payment to Kenneth Ireland who spent 21 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of rape and murder.
Ireland was awarded $6 million on Thursday by the state’s Office of the Claims Commissioner.
See the aol.com story here.