The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal clinic affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. The project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. The blog affiliated with the project has news, updates and guest posts from attorneys and authors on this hugely important and continually newsworthy subject.
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A recent study conducted with police agencies in Winnipeg, Canada, reveals that when police are forced into high levels of exertion by a crime situation, such as a chase or physical altercation, this hinders their ability to remember details of what happened. Oliver "Buck" Revell, the FBI agent...
After Illinois' recent surge in overturned convictions, some legal experts look toward Kane County as a model for handling new evidence in wrongful conviction cases, reported the Chicago Tribune. In the Jonathan Moore case, State's Attorney Joe McMahan acted quickly to overturn the conviction once...
New York's DNA Databank expansion bill was signed by Gov. Cuomo Monday and will take effect starting October 12. The Innocence Project had hoped that any bill that passed would also include provisions requiring mandatory recording of interrogations and improvements to the way lineups are conducted....
Today's New York Times includes an editorial on last week's "scathing" report on prosecutorial misconduct in the corruption trial of the late Senator Ted Stevens. The report, which was issued by a court-appointed investigator, found multiple instances where prosecutors withheld potentially...
One of four Navy sailors, known as the "Norfolk Four," who were wrongfully convicted of a 1997 rape and murder, is still fighting to have his name removed from the sex offender registry. DNA testing excluded Eric Wilson and his three co-defendants of the crime and identified the real perpetrator...
Innocence Project Senior Policy Advocate for State Affairs Rebecca Brown tells the Kentucky Enquirer, "It is critical legislation. Right now Kentucky is out of step with the rest of the nation." Read the whole story. Photo: David Hills
Virginia fails to notify defendants who are cleared through DNA evidence after a massive DNA review, a Texas man wrongfully convicted of drug trafficking talks about his ordeal, and a study of scavengers provides new clues for establishing time of death. Here's a roundup of this week's forensics...
Tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Films will premiere "26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story," on ESPN/ESPNHD. Directed by award winning producer/director Jose Morales, the film follows Bozella on his quest to earn a professional boxing license at age 52, and sheds light on a man who never gave up...
Senior forensic scientists in New South Wales, Australia, are warning that drastic cuts to the forensic science workforce in the cash-strapped state will threaten justice. A very worrying report into psychological experts in family court cases in England and Wales reveals that up to 20% are not...
Exonerated in 2006 after over 15 years of false imprisonment, Jeffrey Deskovic has recently launched the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, with money from his wrongful conviction settlement. The Journal-News reports: "In addition to bringing about exonerations in DNA and non-DNA cases,...