News 02.12.10

Friday Roundup : Redemption, After a Decade of Injustice

Ted Bradford

was acquitted by a Washington state jury yesterday

, finally clearing him of a 1995 rape evidence shows he didn’t commit. Bradford spent nearly a decade in prison for the rape before he was released on parole. Once free, he continued fighting to prove his innocence, with the help of the Innocence Project Northwest. DNA evidence from the crime scene was tested in 2007 — revealing an unknown male’s profile on a key item.

Former federal judge H. Lee Sarokin wrote at the Huffington Post that

Texas prosecutors are making a mistake

by seeking to go forward with Hank Skinner’s scheduled execution February 24 despite untested DNA evidence in the case.

We wrote last week about Innocence Project client Dean Cage’s appearance on the Dr. Phil show. This week,

CNN profiled Cage and the victim in the case

— who are now working together to raise awareness about the issues of wrongful conviction and eyewitness misidentification.

A Florida man

spent over a month

in jail awaiting trial in an attempted murder, but was freed after his lawyer proved that he had been hundreds of miles away at the time of the crime. The wrongful arrest was caused in part by an eyewitness misidentification.

Lawmakers in Virginia are seeking to

reform the state’s eyewitness identification procedure

s to reduce the possibility of misidentification — and wrongful conviction.

A Florida lawmaker is pushing for the creation of

a state innocence commission

to evaluate the causes of wrongful conviction and recommend reforms to prevent future injustice.

A Florida dance company will perform a piece Saturday

inspired by the wrongful conviction and exoneration of James Bain

.

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