Two years ago, the Connecticut Innocence Project took on the case of
, who was convicted of rape and kidnapping in 1988. Lawyers at the project, which is affiliated with the state Office of Chief Public Defender, obtained DNA testing on biological evidence from the crime and results came back last June, proving that another man committed the rape. Tillman was exonerated after serving 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit.
But the project needs more funding to continue its operations, according to news reports. State Senator Martin Looney has introduced a bill in Connecticut advocating for the funding of the project in 2008 and 2009.