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Stephen Gottlieb: The Innocence Project

I want to talk about people we are less used to talking about around Christmas.

Several times a year I am guaranteed to have a good cry – whenever I get the latest bulletin from the Innocence Project. Without fail they describe at length someone who spent decades in prison, sometimes on death row, for crimes they did not commit. As a human being I am always heartbroken. As an American who believes that we all have a right to liberty, I am both sick and outraged.

And once freed, what education, training or experience do they have? Did they have a chance to start a family and are any left to warm their hearts? The dislocation of freedom is immense. I’ve met men in prison afraid to come out. Those lost decades freeze the soul as they scar past, present and future. Freedom is precious. It also unravels.

I am outraged because

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On the trail to freedom: Innocence rewarded and vividly reported …

For Felipe Rodriguez, this Christmas will mark a kind of second birth, the first he celebrates in freedom that evidence overwhelmingly suggests should have been his for the 27 Christmases that came and went in the hellish confinement of the New York State correctional system.

All that seeming eternity, Rodriguez insisted on his innocence. All that time, the emptiness of the story that got him convicted of the brutal murder of Maureen McNeill Fernandez in the truck yard of a Queens warehouse awaited discovery.

During the grind of those long years, Rodriguez found the Catholic faith, which took embrace and never let him go. Then in a transformative instant, came the call from Gov. Cuomo. Came freedom.

The gratitude due to those who made his liberty and more possible is more than one man can properly express, so here’s an assist.

Nina Morrison of the Innocence Project, joining forces with criminal defense attorney

Read more at: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/trail-freedom-innocence-rewarded-vividly-reported-article-1.3716224

Two innocence claims filed Friday for Virginia man who was freed from prison after another man confessed

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Virginia Attorney General’s Office contests innocence claim in 1975 …

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Virginia attorney general’s office contests innocence claim in 1975 rape

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Virginia attorney general’s office contests innocence claim in 1975 …

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Innocence Project Policy Director Rebecca Brown to Speak on …

Rebecca Brown will speak about “Justice: The Innocence Project” at Bnai Keshet’s Kaplan Minyan on Saturday morning, December 23. The Kaplan Minyan, which meets in the Red Gables historic house across the parking lot from the synagogue’s main building, begins at 10:30 a.m. with selected songs and readings.

Brown, originally from Montclair, is director of Policy for the Innocence Project, which she joined in 2005. She directs its federal and state policy agenda, which seeks to prevent and reveal wrongful convictions and assure compensation for the wrongfully convicted upon release from prison. Brown and her team have successfully lobbied the passage of more than 100 laws at the state level. She has also served as a Policy Analyst for the Mayor’s Office in New York City and a Senior Planner at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), where she

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Innocence Project Policy Director Rebecca Brown to Speak on Justice December 23 at Montclair Synagogue

Rebecca Brown will speak about “Justice: The Innocence Project” at Bnai Keshet’s Kaplan Minyan on Saturday morning, December 23. The Kaplan Minyan, which meets in the Red Gables historic house across the parking lot from the synagogue’s main building, begins at 10:30 a.m. with selected songs and readings.

Brown, originally from Montclair, is director of Policy for the Innocence Project, which she joined in 2005. She directs its federal and state policy agenda, which seeks to prevent and reveal wrongful convictions and assure compensation for the wrongfully convicted upon release from prison. Brown and her team have successfully lobbied the passage of more than 100 laws at the state level. She has also served as a Policy Analyst for the Mayor’s Office in New York City and a Senior Planner at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), where she

Read more at: http://baristanet.com/2017/12/innocence-project-policy-director-rebecca-brown-speak-justice-december-23-montclair-synagogue/

Ohio Innocence Project, Cincinnati Opera Collaboration Brings Exonerees’ Stories to Life

Ohio Innocence Project, Cincinnati Opera Collaboration Brings Exonerees’ Stories to Life

  
The Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati Opera, and the Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC) announce the creation of a contemporary opera, Blind Injustice.

The opera is based on Cincinnati Law Professor Mark Godsey’s book by same name and interviews with six OIP exonerees.  Blind Injustice will bring to life the grace, perseverance and forgiveness of these incredible men and women.  Premiering during the 2019 opera season, this is the first collaboration of its kind. The opera will be composed by William Menefield to a libretto by David Cote. CCM Professor Robin Guarino will act as stage director and dramaturg.

“The stories of these six exonerees are powerful tales of perseverance and forgiveness after going through an ordeal most of us can’t even imagine,” says Mark Godsey, OIP Director. “Although the stories are

Read more at: http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=25862

Keker and Innocence Project Team to Free Father in ‘Shaken Baby’ Case

Khari Tillery of Keker, Van Nest Peters (left) and Paige Kaneb of the Northern California Innocence Project (center) with Zavion Johnson (right) at a Dec. 8 hearing where his 2002 murder conviction was overturned.

A team from Keker, Van Nest Peters and the Northern California Innocence Project have teamed up to overturn the conviction of a man who has served nearly 17 years in connection with the death of his 4-month-old daughter.

A state court judge in Sacramento on Friday morning granted a writ of habeas corpus overturning the 2002 murder conviction of Zavion Johnson. Johnson was convicted of killing his infant daughter Nadia when he was 19 years old based on medical testimony that has been undermined by more recent research.

Keker partner Khari Tillery, one of the lead pro bono lawyers on the case, said that about 30 of Johnson’s family members were gathered at

Read more at: https://www.law.com/therecorder/sites/therecorder/2017/12/08/keker-and-innocence-project-team-to-free-father-in-shaken-baby-case/