Posts Tagged ‘innocence project’

The Marshall Project has a new article written by Lorea Gillespie, an investigator with The New England Innocence Project.  She talks about what it takes to hunt down witnesses for a case 23 years old.

As I virtually pass by each house on Google Maps Street View, I grow increasingly disheartened.

I’ve been in Orlando for almost two days now, and I’m worried that I’m not going to find this witness — and this witness is huge. She’s the only person who may have seen the 1989 murder I’m working on.

I’m an investigator with The New England Innocence Project, and we believe that our client, JIMMY1, is innocent, even though he was convicted 23 years ago.

I’ve spent hours driving back and forth across this city, trying dozens of addresses. Each time, I run back to my hotel room, get on the computer, and use my locations program to find more options. I try old neighbors, old roommates, old friends — anyone I can find.

No matter who I talk to, though, no one can help me. “Yeah, so-and-so lived here about a year ago, but I don’t know where she’s at now.”

Another door closes in my face.

Read the rest here.



Phil Locke of the Ohio Innocence Project and Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic on how the justice system frequently ignores guilt or innocence, Comment on the Nature and State of the (US) Justice System.

Also a great read, the story of Lorinda Swain who was recently exonerated after spending more than 7 years in jail.  She was freed 6 years after a judge said that there was a “significant probability” she was innocent.

Finally cleared, years after judge first ruled her guilt was dubious…




Spread the word and Remember the Wrongfully Convicted!

The Innocence Project statement on the day reads:  “Wrongful Conviction Day, which was first celebrated last year, will take place again on Friday, October 2nd.  To mark the occasion, we are urging our supporters to help spread the word through their social media channels in hopes of making this an annual day to recognize and remember the many men and women who have been wrongly convicted.  Help us make a lasting impact on October 2nd by posting a photo that represents you standing up for innocence – take a selfie wearing an Innocence Project T-shirt, take a photo that represents what it means to lose your freedom for something you didn’t do, create a graphic about wrongful convictions using data from our website or share the story of one of the 330 DNA exonerees. Then post it to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #WrongfulConvictionDay and #StandUp4INNOCENCE.  Be creative to help bring awareness to this important cause, and please urge your friends to learn more about the Innocence Project and our work to free to the innocent.”