Friday Roundup: Fighting for Exoneration and Reform, from Inside and Outside the System
This week saw
a New York prisoner freed
on evidence of his innocence and
charges dropped in a notorious Texas case
while countless prisoners and advocates continue to fight on. Here are a few stories of innocence and reform from the week:
Innocence Project of Florida
seeking DNA tests for Florida prisoner Gary Bennett
, who was convicted of murder more than 25 years ago based in part on the testimony of discredited dog handler John Preston.
The Medill Innocence Project standoff with prosecutors stayed in the news this week: Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck
discussed the case on NPR
the New York Times reported on developments
Exoneree Ronald Cotton and crime victim Jennifer Thompson-Cannino
spoke on Kansas City public radio
about eyewitness identification reform and their book “
Blogger Scott Greenfield
wrote at Simple Justice about the legendary career of journalist Pete Shellem,
who investigated wrongful convictions at the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, PA and died last weekend. Shellem’s funeral will be held Monday.
A lieutenant in the Los Angeles Police Department wrote in the Christian Science Monitor this week that
critical reforms to eyewitness procedures and police interrogations can prevent wrongful convictions
A report from researchers at the George Mason University found that a caseload crisis has pushed Missouri’s public defense system "
to the brink of collapse
Ernest Willis, who spent 17 years in prison for an arson murder before he was exonerated,
this week called on Gov. Rick Perry to halt executions in the state
. Wills was convicted based on evidence very similar to the evidence used against Cameron Todd Willingham. Texas Monthly posted
a video interview with Willis
. We updated the
Willingham Resource Center
with these stories and more media coverage of the case this week.
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