News 04.23.09

Jerry Miller Marks Two Years of Freedom

Today is the second anniversary of the day

Jerry Miller

was exonerated in Chicago, becoming the 200th person proven innocent by DNA testing in the United States.

Miller was convicted in 1982 of a rape and robbery he didn’t commit. The crime victim helped police create a composite sketch of the perpetrator and Miller became a suspect after a Chicago police officer saw him on the street allegedly looking into parked cars and said he resembled the sketch. Although the victim did not identify Miller, two other witnesses identified him as the perpetrator.

After serving more than 24 years of a 45-year sentence, Miller was released on parole in 2006 as a registered sex offender. The Innocence Project obtained DNA testing in his case in 2005 – the results proved Miller’s innocence and implicated another man in the crime. On April 23, 2007, he became the 200th person exonerated by DNA testing in the United States. He was pardoned in October 2008.

Miller frequently speaks to audiences and the media about his case and causes of wrongful convictions. On May 1, he is scheduled to speak with Barry Scheck at the

GEL Conference in New York

.


Other Exoneration Anniversaries This Week:

Tuesday:

Anthony Woods

, Missouri (Served 18 years, Exonerated 4/21/05)

Thursday:

Anthony Hicks,

Wisconsin (Served 5 years, Exonerated 4/23/97)


Walter Snyder

(Served 6.5 years, Exonerated 4/23/93)

Friday:

Hector Gonzalez

(Served 5.5 years, Exonerated 4/24/02), Ray Krone (Served 10 years, Exonerated 4/24/02)

Saturday:

David Shephard

(Served 9.5 years, Exonerated 4/25/95)

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