Current Cases

Working to free the wrongfully convicted.

Below are the cases the California Innocence Project is currently working on and has decided warrant filing appeals in order to seek the release of the defendant.  For media requests regarding these cases, please complete the media request form found here.  For a more detailed account of each individual case, click on the client’s photo.

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Anthony Chairez

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: Attempted Murder, Aggravated Mayhem;

Sentence: Life plus 25 years

Years Served: 13 Years

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $676,000 and counting

Suzanne Johnson

County of Conviction: San Diego

Wrongfully Convicted of: Assault on a Child Causing Death

Sentence: 25 Years to Life

Years Served: 13 Years

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $585,000 and counting

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Quintin Morris

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: Three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder

Sentence: 3 Life Sentences + 12 Years

Years Served: 17 Years

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $765,000 and counting

Rodney Gupton

County of Conviction: Kern

Wrongfully Convicted of: Discharge of a Firearm at an Occupied Motor Vehicle; Assault with a Firearm;

Sentence: 15 Years to Life

Years Served: 14 Years

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $644,000 and counting

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Joann Parks

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: Three counts of First Degree Murder

Sentence: Life without Parole

Years Served: 19 Years

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $855,000 and counting

Marilyn Mulero

County of Conviction: Cook (Illinois)

Wrongfully Convicted of: First Degree Murder

Sentence: Death, Commuted to Life Without the Possibility of Parole

Years Served: 23 Years

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $1,242,000 and counting

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Dolores Macias

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: Second Degree Murder

Sentence: 19 to Life

Years Served: 18 Years

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $810,000 and counting

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Jermaine Smothers

County of Conviction: San Diego

Wrongfully Convicted of: Murder

Sentence: 29 Years to Life

Years Served: 18 Years

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $900,000 and counting

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Kiera Newsome

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: First Degree Murder

Sentence: 60 Years-to-Life

Years Served: 12

Cost to Taxpayer: $540,000

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Ed Contreras

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: First Degree Felony Murder

Sentence: Life without Parole

Years Served: 15 Years

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $675,000 and counting

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Rodney Patrick McNeal

County of Conviction: San Bernardino

Wrongfully Convicted of: Two counts of Second Degree Murder

Sentence: 30 to Life

Years Served: 12 Years

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $540,000 and counting

Ramzi Badwi

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Convicted of: First Degree Murder, Burglary, Robbery

Sentence: Life without Parole

Year of Conviction: 1997

 

Jason Guzman

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Convicted of: Murder

Sentence: 25 Years to Life

Year of Conviction: 1997

 

Jason Walton

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Convicted of: First Degree Murder, Attempted Murder 

Sentence: 50 Years-to-Life

Date of Conviction: August 14, 2006