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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.

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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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Wyomingites raise money to help wrongfully convicted man

A Wyoming man freed after spending nearly a quarter century in prison for a crime he didn’t commit is still struggling to make ends meet. Now, his friends are trying to provide the financial help that the state has so far failed to do.

Andrew Johnson was convicted of a 1989 rape and sentenced to life in prison. He spent almost 24 years there. In 2008, state legislators passed a law allowing prisoners to petition for post-conviction DNA testing.

Johnson applied for the testing and the rape kit performed on Johnson’s accuser contained her then-fiance’s semen, not his. She had said at trial that she had not had sex with anyone during the time period of the alleged rape.

Johnson was granted a re-trial in 2013, before prosecutors dropped charges against him. A judge signed an order later that year proclaiming Johnson’s innocence.

Although he was eventually freed from the

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Lawyer: Freedom sweet for man wrongfully convicted in 1974

BATON ROUGE, La. — Nearly 50 years after he was arrested in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse, a Louisiana man walked out of prison on Wednesday, his life sentence and conviction overturned by a judge who said the case against him was “weak at best.”

Authorities withheld evidence decades ago that could have exonerated Wilbert Jones, now 65, State District Judge Richard Anderson said.

Jones thanked God for the freedom, and his loyal family for never giving up hope. He also hugged his legal team at the Innocence Project New Orleans as tears flowed outside the gates of the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Jones’ lawyer, Emily Maw, praised “the extraordinary strength” of a man “who has spent over 16,000 days in prison for something he didn’t do,” and would nevertheless “come out with a faith in God and in humanity.”

Wajeedah Jones said she already knew what her uncle’s first

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Bar Buzz: Wrongfully convicted lacrosse player to keynote gala

Reade Seligmann will give the keynote address at the Innocence Project of Minnesota’s 15th annual Benefit for Innocence in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, Nov. 16. Seligman is one of the three players wrongfully indicted for rape, sexual assault and kidnapping in what has been referred to as the “Duke Lacrosse Case,” where an exotic dancer falsely accused the players of attacking her at a party held at the house of the lacrosse team’s captains.

In 2017, the Innocence Project extended its services to offer more assistance to innocent inmates in North Dakota by partnering with Fredrickson Byron P.A. and the University of North Dakota Law School.

In addition, the Innocence Project was granted permission by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to bring one of its innocence cases into federal court.

Finally, the Innocence Project is excited to introduce its new executive director, Nick Vilbas. He was previously the executive director at the Innocence Project of

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Too tall: Does video evidence prove a Texas inmate was wrongfully convicted?

During Powell’s trial, prosecutors hired Michael Knox, a former detective in the Jacksonville, Fla., sheriff’s office. Knox had never testified in a case where he made a height determination based on video analysis, and he hadn’t been trained in the science of it.

He told the jury that the robber in the video footage was at least 6-1, but he was leaning as he walked, which explained why his head lined up with the 5-7 measurement strip on the door.

Despite her initial description of a shorter robber, the cashier told the jury Powell was the man who pulled a gun on her.

To counter their testimony, defense lawyers presented witnesses from another robbery connected to the same man. They said the gunman was shorter than Powell, the CD salesman they knew as “GQ” who often sold his wares in their parking lot.

Michael Magana, one of Powell’s trial lawyers, said during a recent

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Brian Banks, former NFL employee who was wrongfully imprisoned, has message for Texans owner Bob McNair

Brian Banks, the Southern California high school football star who served six years in prison for a rape he did not commit, would like to extend a hand to besieged Texans owner Bob McNair.

Well, not an entire hand — just the middle finger.

Banks, who now works as a spokesman for the California Innocence Project and who also worked for the NFL, took to twitter Friday and posted from his account @BrianBanksFree, “Bob McNair (middle finger emoji),” to express his feelings about the embattled owner after McNair’s controversial comments about protesting football players.

In a meeting of NFL owners, McNair was quoted as saying, “we can’t have inmates running

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