News 06.02.17

This Week in Innocence News – June 2, 2017

By Innocence Staff

Here are some of this week’s news highlights:

Detroit man exonerated after 25 years in prison:
Desmond Ricks, a client of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, was released last Friday after his 1992 murder conviction was vacated. Ricks was convicted based on the testimony of a firearms expert who confirmed last week he was shown the wrong bullets at trial. On Thursday, prosecutors dropped all charges against him. The Associated Press

Illinois man released after 20 years in prison for wrongful arson murder conviction: William Amor, a client of the Illinois Innocence Project, was released from prison on Tuesday when a judge vacated his sentence for a 1995 arson murder. Amor falsely confessed to setting the fire that killed his mother-in-law after being detained for two weeks and interrogated for 15 hours. At a recent hearing, arson experts said it was “scientifically impossible” for the fire to have started the way Amor said it did. The Chicago Tribune

Tennessee man convicted of murder in 2006 asks for new trial: Last week, lawyers for Adam Clyde Braseel filed a petition to overturn his murder conviction, saying their client is innocent and a key witness selected the wrong man from a highly suggestive photo lineup. Braseel has been in prison for over a decade for the 2006 murder of a 60-year-old man. The Knoxville News Sentinel

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