CT Music Director Works to Exonerate Inmate

Typically, the efforts to exonerate an inmate start with a law firm or innocence project or private investigator.  However, in Connecticut, Will Duchon does not fit in any of those categories as he tries to prove the innocence of Shane Watson.  Duchon is the director...

Will DNA Evidence Exonerate Joseph Buffey in West VA?

Last week, Harrison Circuit (W.VA.) Judge Thomas Bedell heard evidence supporting the innocence claim of Joseph Buffey.   Buffey was convicted for the robbery and sexual assault of an elderly woman in 2001.  Last December, we reported that prosecutors still believed...

Utah Court Upholds Decision Exonerating Debra Brown

In May, we wrote about the Debra Brown case and how her freedom hinged on a decision by the Utah Supreme Court.  Brown’s conviction, with assistance from the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, was reversed after spending 17 years in prison for murder.  The state...

Mistaken Identity Faulted in Cases of Wrongful Convictions

On June 25, the California Innocence Project announced the exoneration of San Diego resident Uriah Courtney.  Courtney spent 8 years in prison for a sex crime he did not commit before proving his innocence through DNA testing.  One factor in his wrongful conviction...

Texas Fire Review Panel Flags Work in 2 Cases

Over the past decade or so, arson investigation has come under greater scrutiny.   The most well-known case is that of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed for arson-murder despite the emergence of strong post-conviction evidence that the fire was not...

How an Innocent Man’s DNA Was Found at a Crime Scene

The conclusion drawn should be simple – DNA testing of a crime scene matches a 26-year-old man who is then charged with the crime. The prosecution has an open and shut case. But wait, it’s not that simple. The San Francisco Chronicle has published an...

CIP Client Uriah Courtney Exonerated Through DNA Testing

Today, Uriah Courtney and his family addressed the San Diego media to talk about his exoneration through DNA testing.  Uriah’s conviction was reversed after being wrongfully incarcerated for 8 years.  Yesterday, on June 24,  the San Diego District Attorney...

Morton Exoneration Costs Texas County $158,000

The wrongful conviction and eventual exoneration of Michael Morton is fairly well-known.  He spent 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife and was exonerated by DNA testing.  An investigation also revealed that the prosecution had withheld evidence supporting...