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New Haven Prosecutors ask Judge to Set Aside Bobby Johnson’s Murder Conviction

New Haven Prosecutors made a rare request today that resulted in Bobby Johnson’s release from prison.

In a motion filed earlier this week, New Haven State’s Attorney Michael Dearington and Assistant State’s Attorney Timothy J. Sugrue, asked that Johnson’s 2007 murder conviction be set aside, explaining that the state no longer felt confident in the judgement.

The totality of the information developed to date, and presently available, while falling short of proof of actual innocence, has sufficiently undermined the state’s confidence in the judgment of conviction that justice is best served by setting that judgment aside and restoring the case to the Superior Court docket.

Dearington also agreed that Johnson’s confession, given when he was only 16 years old, “may not have been voluntary.”  According to Johnson’s attorneys, Kenneth Rosenthal and Darcy McGraw of the Connecticut Innocence Project, Johnson’s confession was coerced by detectives who falsified documents and suppressed evidence of alternate suspects. Now 25-years-old, Johnson served nearly a decade in prison before being released. He was sentenced to serve 38 years.

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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…

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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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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…

Exoneree Ted Bradford Speaks about False Confessions

Exoneree Ted Bradford from Washington State  spoke about his experience on false confessions last Friday at the Annual Conference for Washington Defender Association.

On September 29, 1995, a woman was raped in her home in Yakima, Washington.  Six months later, on April 1, 1996, Bradford was arrested on an unrelated charge.

The detectives interrogated Bradford for over eight hours and obtained his confession to the crime. Only the last 38 minutes of the interrogation was recorded, after Bradford had finally confessed to the crime he did not commit.

I don’t know why I confessed”, Bradford said, “I just wanted to be out of that situation. I wish I could take my confession back, but I can’t. Continue reading