She Didn’t Start the Fire

If you’ve been following our current cases, then you may be familiar with JoAnn Parks.  On April 9th, 1989, a fire erupted in the Parks residence, leading to the death of her three children.  Two and half years later, the police arrested JoAnn under the theory that...

Luis Vargas Exonerated

Yesterday, California Innocence Project client Luis Vargas was exonerated by Judge William Ryan of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.  Vargas spent 16 years in prison for three sexual assaults now attributed to the notorious Teardrop Rapist.  The Teardrop Rapist...

Luis Vargas Expected To Be Exonerated Monday

California Innocence Project Links “Teardrop” Serial Rapist to Three More Rapes Project’s Client Luis Vargas Expected to Be Exonerated Monday LOS ANGELES, November 20, 2015 – On Monday Judge William Ryan is expected to reverse the conviction of a man accused of...

Reggie Cole Found Factually Innocent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE California Innocence Project Client Reggie Cole Declared Innocent in Court Judge finds detective intentionally hid evidence of Cole’s innocence Los Angeles, September 29, 2015 – Judge Michael Shultz of the Los Angeles County Superior Court...

Letter to the Editor by Richard Gambino

The following letter to the editor appears on the San Diego Reader Incoming! page located here. Liars Before We Hit the Stand Re: “When You’re Guilty til Proved Innocent,” August 20 cover story Brutal conditions, punishment and a high five to the corrections officers...

Innocence March Anniversary

Yesterday, we recognized the two year anniversary of the start of the Innocence March.  On April 27, 2013, Justin Brooks, Mike Semanchik and Alissa Bjerkhoel began a freedom march in San Diego.  712 miles and 55 days later they presented clemency petitions for the...

DA Expected to Dismiss Charges Against Michael Hanline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Charges Expected to be Dismissed in California Innocence Project Hanline Case After 36 years in prison, Michael Hanline is longest wrongful incarceration in California history VENTURA, April 21, 2015 – The Ventura County District Attorney’s...

Michael Hanline Release Video

On November 24, 2014, Michael Hanline was released from prison after 36 years for a crime he did not commit.  He is the longest wrongful incarceration in California history.  He walked out of prison into a world entirely unknown to him.  Here’s a video from the...

Faulty Memory

For the last few days, Brian Williams has been criticized for his reporting of a 2003 Iraq war story in which he reported his helicopter was shot by an RPG.  On Wednesday, Williams admitted he had misspoke and misremembered how the incident unfolded.  The truth, as...