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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Governor of California Jerry Brown signs legislation authorizing $698, 400 pay-out to three wrongfully convicted individuals…

A Cook County Judge refused to grant a certificate of innocence to ex-death row inmate despite finding the man actually innocent…

Scott Henson named director of Texas Innocence Project…

In Alaska, the first of the “Fairbanks Four” leaves prison for halfway house…

Louisiana appeals court blocks release of “Angola Three” inmate Albert Woodfox…

Japan to Pay 68 Million for 15 Years of Wrongful Incarceration

Previous posts on Govinda Mainali’s case here.
From the Japan Times:

¥68 million redress eyed for Mainali
May 25, 2013

The Tokyo District Court has endorsed paying about ¥68 million in compensation to a Nepali man who was wrongly detained and imprisoned in Japan for 15 years, according to sources.

Govinda Prasad Mainali, 46, was charged with murdering a Japanese woman in 1997 and was handed a life term that was finalized in 2003 before being cleared in a retrial last November.

Mainali was kept in prison until the decision on his retrial was reached last June after the prosecutors were shown to have withheld crucial DNA evidence that could have cleared him. He was acquitted in his initial trial.

Effort to Increase Compensation to Exonerees in Louisiana Falls Short

Henry James, 50, was released from a Louisiana prison last year after serving 30 years for a rape DNA proved he didn’t commit. If he successfully navigates the state’s compensation process, he’ll receive $8,333 compensation for each year of wrongful incarceration. As reported here, State Representative Herbert Dixon (D) had sought to increase the state’s compensation from the current cap of $250,000 to $500,000, but the effort has failed for a second time.

Exonerees in the state are paid in installments of up to $25,000 per year but first must file petitions for a judge’s eligibility order, then present the order to the Continue reading

Precedent-setting Ruling: Texas Supreme Court Orders Compensation in Non-DNA Case

Billy Frederick Allen spent 26 years in prison for murder before his conviction was overturned, but not with gold-standard DNA proof of his innocence.  Two Texas courts had agreed his conviction shouldn’t stand. A Texas Court of Appeals reversed  it based on ineffective counsel. A lower court had ruled that the evidence against him was insufficient for a reasonable jury to convict him. But the state’s Comptroller had resisted paying compensation saying that Allen had not proven his innocence. On Friday, in a precedent-setting unanimous decision, the Continue reading

Ohio Attorney General DeWine Against Proposal to Restrict Compensation to Wrongfully Convicted

A provision to deny compensation to a wrongfully convicted person if he or she had a previous felony or violent misdemeanor record does not have the support of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. In fact, his office will advocate against it. The measure was submitted by his staff but he did not see or approve the restriction. In a Columbus Dispatch article here, DeWine said, “This doesn’t make sense to me.”

Governor Kasich’s spokesman said that the governor’s office would not oppose removal of the proposal from the massive budget bill.

Thanks to Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Governor John Kasich for their positions on the removal of this provision, and to Ohio Innocence Director Mark Godsey for speaking out forcefully against it, noting the difficulty exonerees often have in getting compensation for years spent in prison for crimes they did not commit, “It’s too difficult as it is, ” Godsey said. “There’s only a few that have been able to do it.”