Friday Roundup: Exonerated in Arizona, Fighting for Justice in Michigan
Happy Holidays from all of us at the Innocence Project! Here’s the news from this week:
John Watkins, a 27-year-old man who spent more than seven years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit,
was freed Thursday
after DNA testing obtained by the Arizona Justice Project proved his innocence. He is the 265th person exonerated through DNA testing nationwide.
A Texas appeals court ruled
that the judge handling a court of inquiry hearing in the Willingham case should have recused himself or referred the case to another judge.
Michigan’s highest court
declined to hear an appeal
from Lorinda Swain, who was convicted eight years ago of a crime evidence shows she didn’t commit. Attorneys at the Michigan Innocence Project said they would continue fighting to overturn her conviction.
Life After Innocence Director Laura Caldwell talked about
the struggles exonerees face
after they’re freed on Coast to Coast Radio.
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