Friday Roundup: A Big Week


It was a big week for freedom. On Wednesday,

Kenneth Ireland

was freed in Connecticut. On Thursday, three Virginia men were pardoned, and today Innocence Project client

Ernest Sonnier

walked out of a Texas courtroom a free man for the first time in 23 years.

The three sailors pardoned yesterday in the Norfolk Four case

were also freed from prison today


Time Magazine



investigated the questionable science behind dog scent evidence, and

Florida exoneree Bill Dillon discussed the role of a police dog in his wrongful conviction on Detroit’s WCSX radio


A new interview with Anthony Steel

surfaced on the web this week

, two years after his death. Steel spent spent more than two decades in a British prison for murder before evidence of his innocence led to his release. He never spoke publicly about the case while alive.

The Detroit Metro Times ran a feature this week on Deshawn and Marvin Reed

, who were freed from prison after eight years with the help of the new University of Michigan Innocence Clinic.

A hearing is set for Monday for a judge to review DNA test results in the case of Tommy Arthur

, who is on Alabama’s death row for a crime he says he didn’t commit.

Innocence Project Policy Director Stephen Saloom spoke with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about

the need for improvements in evidence handling and preservation


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