Exonerees Earn Law Degrees; Become Innocence Attorneys

Many exonerees, upon release from prison, undertake some form of innocence work. After all, being wrongfully convicted and incarcerated has to qualify as one of the most profoundly life-altering events a person can endure. So it’s not surprising that many dedicate the rest of their lives to trying to fix the broken system that wronged them so terribly.

There are even some who go on to earn a law degree, so they can confront the system in a personal and “head-on” way. Several of these “JD-carrying” exonerees were featured in the recent edition of the American Bar Association Journal.  See the article from the ABA Journal here.


4 responses to “Exonerees Earn Law Degrees; Become Innocence Attorneys

  1. I am in need of legal assistance to write a Writ of Mandamus to submit to the Indiana Supreme Court to make the lower Court to rule on my PCR Petition.

    In the state of Indiana PCR Rules state:

    Indiana Rules of Post-Conviction Remedies
    Section 1. Remedy–To whom available–conditions
    (a)(1) that the conviction was in violation of the Constitution of the United State of America or the constitution or laws of this state;
    Section 5. Hearings.
    …”All rules and statutes applicable in civil proceedings including pre-trial and discovery procedures are available to the parties,… The petitioner has the burden of establishing his grounds for relief by the preponderance of the evidence”
    Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure
    Rule 8. General Rules of Pleading:
    (D.) Effect of failure to deny.
    * “Averments in a pleading to which a responsive pleading is required, except those pertaining to amount of damages, are admitted when not denied in the responsive pleading.”
    These are the first 6 of the 13 averments which my PCR Petition is based upon:
    1. Invalid lesser included being determined for a self-defense case
    2. Lack of evidence to file
    3. Constitutionally mandated probable cause proceedings eliminated
    4. Altered states evidence
    5. Judge Webster lied to conspire to suppress a not guilty verdict
    6. Double jeopardy

    “a. The State is without sufficient information to admit or deny paragraphs 1,3,4,7;8;9;10;11;12;13;14 (in part); 15;16;18
    b. The State admits paragraphs 2,5,6”

    This is a self-defense case where ‘state law’ forbids any legal jeopardy of any kind whatsoever for protecting yourself and upon the ‘claim’ of self-defense the state must disprove self-defense and you can not be held accountable for an error in judgement as long as you acted honestly in self-defense eliminating any thought or legality of a lesser included charge.

    They admitted I was convicted of an invalid lesser included charge they improperly introduced.

    So the state has admitted they violated state law, the U.S. Constitutional and the constitution of the state of Indiana when they admitted they had no evidence to support and initiate any charge, failed to hold the constitutionally mandated probable cause hearing, altered evidence, suppressed a not guilty verdict and re-tried me in violation of the federal double jeopardy clause

    Since the state admitted to my every averment, I have established my grounds for relief.

    Since; “All rules and statutes applicable in civil proceedings …are available to the parties.” A judge has no legal standing to deny the Petitioner a ruling and a ruling in his/my favor.

    So I need to file this Writ to make the judge do his duty to the law.

    • How can this man be tried twice and found NOT GUILTY by the jury? How can a judge suppress a NOT GUILTY verdict and send this man to jail? This case needs your attention!

  2. Thanks for finally talking about >Exonerees Earn Law Degrees;
    Become Innocence Attorneys | Wrongful Convictions Blog <Loved it!

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