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...]

North Carolina Expungement Law Allows Broader Policies

A bill signed into law in July allows former convicted felons in North Carolina to expunge their records.Expunging criminal records is important, because it helps those with criminal records, or even just charges against them, find work more easily. Teri Schultz, branch manager for Cape Fear Staffing, told FayObserver.com that her company has had … [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...]

Sexual Assault Victim Recants Story, Wants to Exonerate Her Aunt

Stephanie, who asked to have her last name retracted, has recanted her accusation against her aunt Elizabeth Ramirez, and her friends, who were sentenced to long prison sentences for sexual assault in 1997 and 1998.According to the original account, Ramirez orchestrated the sexual assault of Stephanie, who was 7, and her older sister who was 9 at … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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