News 05.06.16

These Photos of Exonerees Hugging Their Moms Will Make You Smile

By Carlita Salazar, Alicia Maule

Steven Mark Chaney hugs his mother, Darla Chaney, for the first time in years after walking out of a Dallas courtroom this afternoon after a court reversed his 1987 murder conviction because of discredited bite mark testimony. Photographed on Monday, October 12, 2015. (Photo copyright Lara Solt)

The Innocence Project celebrates the resilient and courageous mother’s of the wrongfully convicted — Happy Mother’s Day!

George Allen And Lonzetta Web

George Allen and his mom Lonzetta Taylor

George Allen Jr. was exonerated on January 18, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri, after serving over 30 years in prison for the murder of a young court reporter.

Donya Davis and his mom Denise Larry

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Davis, represented by Cooley Innocence Project, served 7 of 22 years for a sexual assault he did not commit. He continues to fight for wrongful conviction compensation in Michigan.

Robert Dewey and his parents on the day of his exoneration in 2012

Robert Dewey embraces his parents after being exonerated from a murder conviction in Grand Junction Colo.

Dewey was exonerated after serving 17 years for murder. (Photo by: William Woody)

Marvin Anderson and his mom, Joan Anderson

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Anderson served 20 years in prison and in December 2001, became the ninety-ninth person in the United States to be exonerated by DNA. Today, he serves as Chief of the Hanover, Virginia Fire Department and on the Board of the Innocence Project. (Photo by Lisa Ross)

Michael Morton his mom, Patricia Morton, and dad

mike morton and family

“I felt like I was in prison, too, because he was my child and I couldn’t help him,” Patricia Morton.  

After spending nearly 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife, Morton was released on October 4, 2011, and officially exonerated in December 2011.

Related: George Allen’s mom stood by him for 30 years in prison

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  1. Jana Pedersen says:

    My son Cristin Smith was framed by using to witness to lie. Hid information with the judges help. Everything my attorney John Dolan asked for was denied. The whole trial was controlled by local news district attorney Hestrin a cop Bodmer using a witness to lie. The witness was hidden from the jury and given the fifth. The lengths prosecutors cops and district attorneys get away with is criminal. My son had a perfect school record never did drugs went into the army and served his country as a Ranger Snioer Airbourne and Seargent. Two purple hearts medal of valor and saved numerous lives in combat. A husband and father. This nightmare has robbed him of his carrier in the milatary benefits most importantly to be a father. This was a cold case 12 years with cops kids involved that they refused to look at. To cover their tracks used two innocent men to win at any cost. We have a whole outline of what the case did to win.
    We are in appeals now pray every day this case will see justice and my son will be returned home. The case was dropped the first time only to manufacture a witness unrecorded and manipulate a fingerprint .
    We never knew this world existed!

  2. Brenda Pruett says:

    My younger brother been incarcerated since October 2014 for a murder which he did not commit. He was sentenced 15 to 30 years. To continue, he was never identify out of the line by anyone. Throughout the whole trial everyone whom testify didn’t even know who he was nor did the family of the victim. In my opinion, I don’t understand how the justice system can end a person just like that with no incriminating evidence.
    Sincerely, Brenda

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