News 04.22.16

National Letter Writing Month: A Letter from Jerry Miller

By Carlita Salazar

Jerry Miller (Courtesy: Bill Moyers)

This Saturday, Innocence Project client Jerry Miller will celebrate nine years of freedom. On April 23, 2007, Jerry Miller became the 200th person in the U.S. exonerated through DNA evidence. Though he had been paroled a year earlier, Miller had spent more than 24 years in the Illinois prison system for a 1981 rape that he did not commit.

Seven years before he was exonerated, Miller wrote a letter to the Innocence Project asking for help. In the letter, he said: “I was convicted [in] Oct. ‘82 of a crime I had nothing to do with. . . . This is a case of mistaken identity and I requested DNA tests at the federal level and was denied.  That decision I still don’t understand.”

The Innocence Project accepted Miller’s case and with the Cook County State Attorney’s Office and the Cook County Public Defender’s Office filed a joint motion to vacate and dismiss Miller’s conviction based on exculpatory results from new DNA testing of the victim’s clothing.

Read Miller’s letter here:

Jerry Miller Letter

 

And listen to an interview that Miller did with NPR just days after he was exonerated in 2007.

 

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  1. Michele reels says:

    4013183867 please help me get husband Walter r Simpson jr 2/25/63 out prison aci Rhode Island 23 lock down some thing he did not do please help us he already served 32 years he supposed graduate this may from pAralega school but that never happened please help get husband out prison I know he didn’t do this please help us

  2. Michele reels says:

    Same thing happened to my husband dec15 this year arrested my husband for rape and did not rape woman my email Michelereels 64@icloud.com and all ready spent 32 years jail he followed law with probation go school out 6 years and women said he rape her they y-str came fail and woman only they have is her underwear then a came back to prison aci cranston Rhode Island got sample of husband Dan because my husband on probation in ri 32f they volition him because he black man she white woman crack bead just on her word can someone help my husband I have lupus and he my care give he in high Seruirty 23 hours lock down for some he did do or grand jury has indicted him yet please help my husband 40131838)7 he inncent Michele reels help me get out prison

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