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1944 South Carolina Teenage Murder Convict Exonerated

South Carolina Teenager Exonerated of Murder Charges After 70 Years South Carolina exonerated a black teenager who was convicted of murdering two white girls in 1944 on Tuesday, December 16th. George Stinney Jr was charged with murder at the young age of 14, convicted and sentenced to death. He stood convicted for 7o years of murdering two young … [Read more...]

After Delay, Former Gang Member Exonerated

After a delay over the weekend due to his judge’s illness, former gang member John Edward Smith has been exonerated of murder charges. Smith was convicted of a drive-by shooting murder he did not commit, based on the testimony of one eye witness, who recently recanted his story. Landu Mvuemba, who is currently serving a jail sentence for sexual … [Read more...]

Exonerated Man Finally Gets to Play Professional Football

26-year-old Brian Banks, who was falsely accused of rape and imprisoned, has finally been exonerated, and will have his chance to play professional football. The former high school football star was destined for the pro leagues. He was an outstanding linebacker during his school football career. But, at age 16, he was accused of rape and … [Read more...]

Scientist Must Appear in Court for Exoneration Case

On Tuesday, September 18th, a judge in the Lake Waco murders case ordered a scientist to appear in court with DNA evidence. Anthony Melendez’s lawyer, Walter M. Reaves, Jr, thinks re-testing DNA evidence could exonerate his client. Anthony Melendez is the only surviving defendant of four accused from the 1982 case, in which three teenagers were … [Read more...]

“Fatal Vision” Man May Be Exonerated

Jeffrey MacDonald, the man who inspired the book and eventual miniseries titled “Fatal Vision,” may have been wrongfully convicted and eventually be exonerated, with the help of new testimony and DNA evidence. MacDonald was convicted in 1979, nine years after his wife and two daughters were savagely murdered in their home. MacDonald also sustained … [Read more...]

Wrongfully Convicted Long Island Man Finally Walks Free

After his wrongful imprisonment in 1995, John Grega finally walks free, thanks to a 2008 Vermont law allowing the admission of new DNA evidence. Grega was found guilty of aggravated murder. He was accused and convicted for his 31-year-old wife’s raping, sodomizing, beating, and strangling in 1994. On Tuesday, August 21st, a judge vacated his … [Read more...]

Colorado May Become 28th State to Assist Exonerated Prisoners

Democratic representative Angela Williams has proposed a bill to assist exonerated prisoners in Colorado. Currently, Colorado has no support system for exonerated prisoners, although it does offer help for prisoners on parole. Rep. Williams said she was inspired by the recent case of Robert Dewey, who was exonerated in April. He was wrongfully … [Read more...]

Scottsboro Boys Might Be Pardoned After Over 80 Years with Criminal Records

Sheila Washington, founder of the museum dedicated to the Scottsboro Boys, has called for pardons from the state of Alabama for the unpardoned 8 of the 9 men in the group. In 1931, the height of the Depression, the 9 black boys, all between the ages of 13 and 19, were travelling by freight train to find work. When the train stopped in Paint … [Read more...]

With database’s help, prisoners exonerated, but little other aid is available

A program from the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of law has created a database to register exonerations across the country – it is aptly named the National Registry of Exonerations. According to a recent article on CNN, 2,000 people have been exonerated in the past 23 … [Read more...]

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