News 10.08.10

Friday Roundup: Life After Exoneration

A Nebraska man, who was wrongfully convicted of a 1985 rape and cleared by DNA in 2008, will receive $500,000 compensation from the state, the maximum allowed under a 2009 law.

On Wednesday, a Mississippi man

was cleared of a car-jacking

three years after being released from prison.

New York exoneree Steven Barnes

spoke this week

to students and faculty at Cornell University about spending nearly 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit before DNA evidence cleared him. The event was sponsored by the university’s new Innocence Clinic which is composed of eight students who work on cases with viable claims of innocence. William Dillon, who spent 26 years behind bars before DNA evidence exonerated him,

talks about writing and performing his own songs

.

“Conviction” opens next Friday, October 15, in select theaters nationwide.

Get advance screening passes here

and

learn more about the story behind the film

.

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