News 07.30.07

Five years of freedom

Five years ago today, Innocence Project client

Larry Johnson

walked out of a Missouri prison a free man for the first time in 18 years. In the early 1980s, he had been misidentified and wrongfully convicted of rape. Johnson’s appeals failed for years, but finally, in 2001, Missouri passed a law allowing prisoners to seek DNA testing on the grounds of innocence. Testing in 2002 proved that Johnson could not have committed the crime and he was released. The Innocence Project congratulates Johnson on five years of freedom.

Other exoneree anniversaries this week:

Tuesday:

Jerry Watkins

, Indiana (Exonerated 7/31/2000)

Wednesday:

Thomas Doswell

, Pennsylvania (Exonerated 08/01/2005)

Friday:

Luis Diaz

, Florida (Exonerated 08/03/05)

Saturday:

Eric Sarsfield

, Massachusetts (Exonerated 08/03/2000)

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