News 05.19.17

This Week in Innocence News: May 19, 2017

By Innocence Staff

The Innocence Project holds 25th anniversary benefit: The Innocence Project held it’s 25th anniversary gala on Tuesday. Nearly 1,000 people attended including special guests and exonerees from across the nation. Innocence Project Co-Founders Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld were honored for their demonstrated dedication to justice. WABC

Wisconsin man asks court to vacate conviction: At age 17, Sammy Hadaway falsely confessed to participating in an armed robbery during which, he said, Chaunte Ott killed the victim. Ott was exonerated of the murder in 2009 when DNA evidence linked a serial killer to the victim. Hadaway is now asking the Milwaukee County Circuit Court to vacate his own conviction. The Journal-Sentinel

Exoneree speaks about his wrongful conviction and death sentence:
Exoneree Kwame Ajamu, who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in 1975, is featured in a short documentary film in support of a petition by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Lush Cosmetics to halt all executions and do away with capital punishment on a national level. Watch here

Man reunites with 96-year-old mother after 32 years in prison:
Andrew Wilson was released from prison in March with the help of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles. Wilson moved home to St. Louis, Missouri, last week to be with his mother, who helped secure his release. KSDK

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