News 06.09.17

This Week in Innocence News – June 9, 2017

By Innocence Staff

Montana man will get second chance to prove innocence in 2001 murder:
Montana Innocence Project client Richard Burkhart, whose 2002 murder conviction was vacated last year due to new exculpatory evidence, will get another chance to prove his innocence at a retrial this fall. Read more

North Carolina man still fighting for justice after 20 years:
Kalvin Michael Smith spent 20 years in prison for an assault and armed robbery he maintains he didn’t commit. Smith was released last year but he and his legal team from the Duke Wrongful Conviction Clinic are still fighting to have his conviction vacated. The Winston-Salem Journal

Alfred Swinton released from prison after judge vacates 2001 murder conviction:
Innocence Project client Alfred Swinton was released from prison on Thursday when a Hartford Superior Court vacated his 2001 murder conviction based on new DNA and other evidence which prove his innocence. Read more

Missouri man has conviction overturned due to flawed eyewitness identification:
Midwest Innocence Project client Richard Jones was released Thursday after 17 years in prison when a judge vacated his aggravated robbery conviction. Jones was convicted based solely on an eyewitness identification made by witnesses who were presented with a photo lineup in which only Jones matched the description of the perpetrator. The Kansas City Star

Photographer Taryn Simon to hold exhibit for Innocence Project’s 25th anniversary:
In honor of the Innocence Project’s 25th anniversary, photographer Taryn Simon will show her photo series, “The Innocents,” at the Guild Hall arts centre in East Hampton, New York from June 13 to July 30. For the series, Simon photographed wrongfully convicted people either in the scenes of the crimes of which they were convicted, the places where they were arrested or the spot where an eyewitness incorrectly placed them. The Art Newspaper

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