Innocence Network Week in Review: February 8, 2013



Ohio Innocence Project


won the release of Douglas Prade

, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his ex-wife in 1998.  A new DNA test found that bite marks previously attributed to Prade and largely responsible for his conviction could not have been left by him.


In the wake of

a new motion

filed by the

Center on Wrongful Convictions

, asking for a new trial for Ronald Taylor, both the

Chicago Tribune


Chicago Sun Times

published editorials in support of giving Taylor the chance to prove his innocence.  Records show that Taylor was in police custody on a disorderly conduct charge at the time the murder he was convicted of committing occurred.


California Innocence Project

exoneree Brian Banks appeared on American Public Media’s

The Story


talk about his false rape conviction

and the years it took to clear his name.


Death row exoneree

Ronald Kitchen

, a client of both the

Center on Wrongful Convictions


Life After Innocence

, is

seeking to depose former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley

as part of his lawsuit against former police Commander Jon Burge and the City of Chicago.



Duke Law Innocence Project

has filed a motion asking a court to

overturn the murder conviction of Charles Ray Finch

, who was convicted of the 1976 murder of Richard Lynn Holloman. Finch has served more than 36 years in prison.


Life After Innocence

and exoneree James Kluppelberg were profiled in a

Chicago Tribune

piece about the

hardships exonerees can still face even after their wrongful convictions have been overturned

.  Cook County prosecutors plan to oppose Kluppelberg’s application for a certificate of innocence and without it, he is unable to receive compensation and cannot find employment.

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