News 05.26.17

This Week in Innocence News – May 26, 2017

By Innocence Staff

Here are some of this week’s news highlights:

Senators introduce bill allowing exonerees more time to file for refund of tax on compensation
Senators John Cornyn and Mark Warner introduced a bill on Monday extending the time frame for exonerees to apply for a refund of federal taxes paid previously on compensation for wrongful conviction. Read more
Philadelphia man exonerated after 24 years in prison
Shaurn Thomas, a client of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, walked out of prison on Tuesday after a court threw out his 1993 murder conviction. The Philadelphia Tribune
New database tracks criminal cases, provides transparency
A nonprofit organization launched a free online database on Tuesday that tracks how criminal cases are handled from arrest to post-conviction. The portal provides insight into local justice systems by collecting and analyzing data on the county level. Read more
Alabama man executed despite innocence claims
Thomas “Tommy” Arthur, 75, was executed Thursday night despite pleas for a stay from his attorneys and advocates so that DNA testing of evidence might be performed. Arthur has maintained his innocence of the 1982 murder for which he was sentenced to death. Mother Jones

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