Tag Archives: Northwestern Law

The Buffalo News urges New York to Compensate for Wrongful Conviction

DeJac Peters, who was convicted of second degree murder in the strangulation death of her 13-year-old daughter in 1993, is listed in the National Registry of Exonerations compiled by Northwestern Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions and Michigan Law. Maurice Possley’s Registry report provides details of the case that resulted in Peters’ 14 years of wrongful imprisonment and her ongoing pursuit of state compensation in New York.

Peters was convicted on the testimony of a friend who was facing a potential life sentence in another crime and Dennis Donahue, a man she had dated, who was an early suspect in the case. When, in late 2007, testing revealed male DNA in a blood Continue reading

Innocence Project Legal Directors Praise State’s Attorney and Police for “Model Response”

In a Chicago Tribune article today here, John Hanlon, legal director of the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project, and Steven Drizen, legal director of the Center on Wrongful Conviction at Northwestern Law praise Kane County (IL) State’s Attorney Joe McMahon and Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas for pursuing truth even after a conviction, which resulted in the vacation of the murder conviction of Jonathan Moore. Key to this “model response”: Not having tunnel vision or defending a conviction in the face of significant new evidence, but instead dedicating resources—and “fresh” investigators—to a reinvestigation.