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UVA’s Innocence Clinic Wins Release of Man Convicted of Armed …

The Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law has secured a conditional pardon for its client, Messiah Johnson, who the clinic argued was wrongly convicted of armed robbery.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed orders Friday for the release of Johnson and five others in separate cases. In doing so, he noted the sentences were “far outside what should have been adequate to keep Virginia safe.”

Johnson had been sentenced to 132 years in prison.

“Mr. Johnson has served over 20 years for this crime and yet there are serious questions about his guilt – he has always maintained his innocence and there is credible evidence that he was not guilty at all,” the governor’s office said in its afternoon statement.

Johnson was convicted in 1998 of taking part in the robbery of a hair salon in Norfolk. The clinic alleges Johnson was misidentified as one of the disguised men (“Robber

Read more at: https://www.news.virginia.edu/content/uvas-innocence-clinic-wins-release-man-convicted-armed-robbery

UVA’s Innocence Clinic Wins Release of Man Convicted of Armed Robbery

The Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law has secured a conditional pardon for its client, Messiah Johnson, who the clinic argued was wrongly convicted of armed robbery.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed orders Friday for the release of Johnson and five others in separate cases. In doing so, he noted the sentences were “far outside what should have been adequate to keep Virginia safe.”

Johnson had been sentenced to 132 years in prison.

“Mr. Johnson has served over 20 years for this crime and yet there are serious questions about his guilt – he has always maintained his innocence and there is credible evidence that he was not guilty at all,” the governor’s office said in its afternoon statement.

Johnson was convicted in 1998 of taking part in the robbery of a hair salon in Norfolk. The clinic alleges Johnson was misidentified as one of the disguised men (“Robber

Read more at: https://news.virginia.edu/content/uvas-innocence-clinic-wins-release-man-convicted-armed-robbery

Take Note: Innocence Project Director On Working To Free The Wrongly Convicted

As the victim of bullying since childhood, Aija Mayrock fought back writing “The Survival Guide to Bullying” in her teens.  As she says today at 22, “I realized that I had to create a little, yet powerful survival guide that any kid could use as a life-saving device when they were being bullied in the gym, the cafeteria, the locker room, the class room, the hallways — anywhere.  A guide that could be a road map, a flashlight, or a friend. So here it is. This book is my gift to you.”  WPSU’s Carolyn Donaldson talked with Mayrock for “Take Note.” 

Read more at: http://radio.wpsu.org/post/take-note-innocence-project-director-working-free-wrongly-convicted

Wrongfully convicted man’s speech revives project – Dubois County …

By The Associated Press

SOUTH BEND — A wrongfully convicted Indiana man whose case made national news during Vice President Mike Pence’s campaign has helped revive a Notre Dame law school group.

The (South Bend) Tribune reports that five students struggled to revive the Innocence Project until Keith Cooper’s appearance in April packed a campus lecture hall.

The Elkhart man spent 10 years in prison for a 1996 robbery before DNA evidence suggested his innocence and witnesses recanted. His case gained prominence last year when then-Gov. Pence refused to pardon him. Gov. Eric Holcomb issued the pardon days after taking office.

Club president Tia Paulette and four others stepped forward in summer 2016 to jump-start the Innocence Project. Now there are more than 100 members and their goal is to work on cases of potential wrongful convictions.

Read more at: https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/wrongfully-convicted-mans-speech-revives-project

Wrongfully convicted man’s speech revives project

By The Associated Press

SOUTH BEND — A wrongfully convicted Indiana man whose case made national news during Vice President Mike Pence’s campaign has helped revive a Notre Dame law school group.

The (South Bend) Tribune reports that five students struggled to revive the Innocence Project until Keith Cooper’s appearance in April packed a campus lecture hall.

The Elkhart man spent 10 years in prison for a 1996 robbery before DNA evidence suggested his innocence and witnesses recanted. His case gained prominence last year when then-Gov. Pence refused to pardon him. Gov. Eric Holcomb issued the pardon days after taking office.

Club president Tia Paulette and four others stepped forward in summer 2016 to jump-start the Innocence Project. Now there are more than 100 members and their goal is to work on cases of potential wrongful convictions.

Read more at: https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/wrongfully-convicted-mans-speech-revives-project

Wrongfully convicted man’s Notre Dame speech revives Innocence Project

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Woman Exonerated After Being Convicted Twice in Killing

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada woman who was twice convicted of a 2001 murder and sexual mutilation that she maintained happened while she was more than150 miles away was exonerated Friday by a state judge in Las Vegas.

However, Kirstin Blaise Lobato, whose cause drew an online following and backing from advocates including the New York-based Innocence Project, was not immediately freed.

The 35-year-old Lobato was instead taken to a county jail in Las Vegas to serve a one-year sentence for a misdemeanor conviction in a 2007 prisoner sexual contact case, state Corrections Department spokeswoman Brooke Keast said.

Keast and a Lobato attorney said Lobato was unlikely to be released before next week.

“We hope Ms. Lobato will be released soon. It’s just a matter of time,” said Vanessa Potkin, a chief lawyer in Lobato’s case for the Innocence Project.

Potkin said she will challenge Lobato’s

Read more at: http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2017/12/29/judge-orders-woman-set-free-after-wrongful-conviction-claim/

17 Years After Being Convicted of a Grisly Murder in Vegas, Kirstin …

On December 29, more than a decade after she was first sent to prison in Nevada for a murder she did not commit, Kirstin Blaise Lobato saw the charges against her dismissed. “It is the end to her nearly 17-year nightmare,” said Vanessa Potkin, director of post-conviction litigation for the Innocence Project, which took on Lobato’s case. “It’s over.”

Lobato was twice convicted of the gruesome murder of a 44-year-old homeless man named Duran Bailey, whose body was found behind a dumpster off the Las Vegas Strip just after 10 p.m. on July 8, 2001, covered in a thin layer of trash. Bailey’s teeth had been knocked out and his eyes were bloodied and swollen shut; his carotid artery had been slashed, his rectum stabbed, and his penis amputated. It was found among the trash nearby.

Despite a crime scene rich with potential evidence, Las Vegas detectives Thomas Thowsen and James LaRochelle

Read more at: https://theintercept.com/2017/12/29/las-vegas-murder-kirstin-lobato-wrongful-conviction/