Guest blog: Walter Swift and misidentification


Vincent Pullara, Jr., a sophomore at Baruch College in New York City, has worked as an Innocence Project intern for more than a year. He has also become a prominent student leader at his school and has used this platform to raise awareness of wrongful convictions among his classmates and the community. Last month, he organized a guest speech at Baruch by New York exoneree Jeff Deskovic.

And today he begins sharing his views as a guest blogger at Young People For, an organization devoted to building a network of progressive young adults across the United States. His first blog is about today’s release of Walter Swift:

Earlier today, the Innocence Project helped free another innocent man from prison, after more than a decade-long investigation into his case. “He was convicted based on a deeply flawed and completely unreliable eyewitness identification, “said Barry Scheck, Co-Director of the Innocence Project.

… It is important to realize that today doesn’t just mark the day of Swift’s return to freedom, but that of his family as well. Audrey Kelly Mills, Swift’s 27-year-old daughter was profoundly grateful for her father’s release. “He’s a free man,” she said. “I got my daddy for Father’s Day.”

Read Vincent’s full post on


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