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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...]

Nebraska Man Seeks Full Exoneration for Murder Charges

Darrel Parker, now 80 years old, was pardoned years ago because a federal court ruled that his confession of his wife’s murder was “coerced and involuntary.” He was released from prison. Now, however, Parker is seeking a full exoneration. He is also seeking compensation awarded to exonerated prisoners. When prisoners are pardoned, the charges … [Read more...]

Life After Conviction: Living With a Criminal Record

I don't want my criminal record to follow me, can I get an expungement? If you do the crime, you do the time, as the saying goes. But when you walk out of the prison, what happens next? It’s relatively easy to agree that if you are charged and convicted for a serious crime such as kidnapping or manslaughter that you may continue to face a stigma … [Read more...]

Innocence Project Helps Free Wrongfully Convicted Texas Man with DNA Evidence

In 1989, David Lee Wiggins was sentenced to life in prison for raping a 14 year old girl. However, after writing the Innocence Project, DNA evidence has exonerated him. The Innocence Project seeks to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners on the basis of more solid evidence, like DNA. Eyewitness misidentification, improper forensic science, and … [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...]

Veto Stands for S.C. Criminal Record Expungement Bill

An expungement bill that would allow South Carolina criminals to hide their criminal records from potential employers, schools and law enforcement investigators didn’t have enough votes Thursday to overturn Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto. The bill has become the subject of intense debate among lawmakers and the public. Law enforcement officials are … [Read more...]

Illinois Helps Rehabilitate Non-Violent Offenders and Expunge Their Records

A new bill in Illinois helps first-time, non-violent offenders expunge their records and clear their names. Senate Bill 3349 was signed into law on August 27th by Governor Pat Quinn, and in the year since the pilot version of the program has been enacted, the Offender Initiative Program has met great success. The one-year pilot took place in … [Read more...]

Utah Woman’s Murder Conviction Might Not Be Expunged

A Utah woman's exoneration of murder charges may be reversed leaving her with a criminal record that cannot be expunged. The Utah Supreme Court will decide whether to uphold Debra Brown's exoneration and expunge her record, or reverse the exoneration and reinstate Brown's conviction. Utah exonerated Brown last year and released her from prison … [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...]

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