News 04.02.07

Capozzi case brings renewed calls for a New York innocence commission

At a hearing today in Buffalo, New York, a judge vacated the sentence of Anthony Capozzi, who has served 20 years in prison for two rapes he didn’t commit. DNA test results received by attorneys in recent weeks have proven that another man – who is currently incarcerated – committed the rapes.


Read the full story

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Capozzi, who is expected to be released later this week, will become the 23rd New Yorker to be exonerated by DNA evidence. His exoneration has renewed calls statewide for an innocence commission. A bill to create such a commission is currently pending before the legislature.


Read today’s Buffalo News editorial supporting the creation of an innocence commission

. (Buffalo News, 04/02/07, LexisNexis subscription required)


Read the Innocence Project press release in support of a New York innocence commission

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Six states have created innocence commissions and several others are considering this vital reform.

Learn more here

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