News 09.22.17

This Week in Innocence News – September 22, 2017

By Innocence Staff

Here are some of this week’s news highlights:

New Jersey court vacates murder convictions of Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee
Last Friday, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge vacated the 1996 felony murder and robbery convictions of Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee based on DNA evidence identifying another suspect. Now prosecutors must decide whether to dismiss the charges or retry the case. Read more

Texas prosecutors rethink the use of incentivized witnesses in light of Innocence Project case
How an Innocence Project client’s case changed the way prosecutors handle incentivized witnesses in one Texas county. KERA News

Legal groups: Dismiss all cases tested by tainted Mass. drug analyst 
A petition was filed Wednesday by the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the ACLU of Massachusetts, and attorneys Daniel Marx and William Fick, calling for all drug cases involving disgraced Massachusetts drug lab analyst Sonja Farak to be dismissed. Read more

Maryland man released from prison after 13 years
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project client Lamar Johnson was released from prison on Tuesday when a judge vacated his conviction for a 2004 murder he did not commit. Inside Edition
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