News 02.05.10

Friday Roundup: 250 And Counting

It was a momentous week at the Innocence Project, but aside from Freddie Peacock becoming the 250th DNA exoneree in the nation, stories of injustice, exoneration and reform continued to pop up around the world.

The

Griffith University Innocence Project

in Australia is moving forward with

DNA testing

in the case of Shane David, who has been in prison for 20 years for a murder he says he didn't commit.

Innocence Project client Dean Cage

appeared on the Dr. Phil show

this week to discuss life after exoneration and the issue of eyewitness misidentification.

The widow of a murder victim in Albuquerque is

suing the city police department

, alleging that her husband was killed in part because the department had arrested the wrong people for a crime committed by the alleged perpetrator of the murder. If police hadn't been sidetracked by a false confession, she says, they could have prevented her husband's murder.

Innocence Project client Marvin Anderson was included in the

NAACP's Unsung Heroes of Black History Month

website.


Three exonerees spoke

at a Midwest Innocence Project fundraising on Wednesday. Ken Kezer talked about the difficulties of building a life after exoneration.

The award-winning play  "The Exonerated"

premieres tomorrow

in Long Beach, California.

For more forensic news, check out the Just Science Coalition's

weekly forensic roundup

, updated each Friday.

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