This Week in Innocence News – December 15, 2017

12.15.17 By Innocence Staff

This Week in Innocence News – December 15, 2017

Here are some of this week’s news highlights:

California man’s ‘shaken baby’ conviction reversed
A California man was released on Saturday after 15 years in prison when a judge reversed his murder conviction for the 2001 death of his infant daughter. Experts, including the pathologist that testified at the trial, agreed that the child’s death was likely an accident. The Associated Press

Prosecutor in wrongful conviction case accused of misconduct
Federal prosecutor Terra Morehead faces multiple allegations of misconduct, including in the case of Lamonte McIntyre, who was exonerated of a double-murder in October. The Kansas City Star

Report: death penalty sees continued decline in 2017
Executions and death sentences nationwide remained at historic lows in 2017, according to a report published Wednesday by the Death Penalty Information Center. The report found that 90 percent of those executed in 2017 showed signs of mental illness, intellectual disability, severe trauma, and/or innocence.

Michigan man released, granted new trial after 45 years in prison
Michigan Innocence Clinic client Richard Phillips was released on bond on Thursday after spending 45 years in prison for a murder he maintains he did not commit. Phillips’ conviction was overturned in August after new testimony from the actual perpetrator of the crime corroborated his innocence claim. ABC News

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