2018: A record year in exonerations
In 2018, together we’ve exonerated nine innocent people, the most ever in the Innocence Project's 26-year history, and helped pass 17 wrongful conviction reforms in 14 states. After spending more than 215 years in prison combined, our clients are where they belong: home with their loved ones. Take a look at more highlights from the year.
11.19.18 By Innocence Staff
Louisiana, Exonerated After 38 years
In 1980, Malcolm Alexander was arrested for rape as a result of an uncertain identification from the victim. Though facing life without parole, Malcolm’s paid defense attorney failed to present an effective defense—neglecting to make an opening statement or cross-examine witnesses. Malcolm was just 21 years old and the father of a two-year-old when he was convicted at a trial that ended the day it began.
Malcolm always maintained his innocence, but the Innocence Project’s investigation indicated that most of the crime scene evidence was destroyed shortly after trial. Years later, evidence was discovered and DNA testing sought by the Innocence Project and co-counsel Innocence Project New Orleans excluded both Malcolm and the victim.