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The latest developments in potentially wrongful convictions, public policy and more.

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Former Massachusetts Inmate

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Former Massachusetts Inmate

After a judge overturned George Perrot’s rape conviction last year, prosecutors decline to retry Perrot, who served 30 years in prison. Read the full story here.

Texas Executes Death Row Inmate

Texas Executes Death Row Inmate

The state executes Robert Pruett who was sentenced to death for murdering a prison guard in 1999. Read the full story here.

Podcast Examines Transfer Hearing in 2015 California Case

Podcast Examines Transfer Hearing in 2015 California Case

The Monterey Bay Justice Project releases a podcast on the hearing of a teenager accused of murdering an 8-year-old girl. Listen to the podcast here.

Wrongly Convicted Illinois Man to Receive Compensation

Wrongly Convicted Illinois Man to Receive Compensation

After spending 15 years in prison for a 1999 murder he did not commit, Jason Strong will receive $9 million from the city of Waukegan and agencies that investigated the killing. Read the full story here.

Georgia Inmate Seeks Stay of Execution

Georgia Inmate Seeks Stay of Execution

Lawyers for Keith Tharpe, convicted of murdering his sister-in-law in 1990, argue his death sentence should be overturned in part because one of the jurors made racist comments. Read the full story here.

Judge Overturns Two New Jersey Men’s Murder Convictions

Judge Overturns Two New Jersey Men’s Murder Convictions

Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee, who have spent 24 years in prison for a 1993 murder, receive new trials in light of recent DNA evidence. Read the full story here.

Colorado Judge Denies Death Penalty Appeal

Colorado Judge Denies Death Penalty Appeal

In a nearly 1,400-page ruling, a district court judge finds prosecutors withheld evidence but rejects the appeal of Sir Mario Owens, convicted of murdering three people. Read the full story here.

Wrongfully Convicted Brooklyn Man Sues City, Prosecutor

Wrongfully Convicted Brooklyn Man Sues City, Prosecutor

Wayne Martin, who was convicted of two 2005 murders he did not commit, seeks compensation after spending nine years in prison. Read the full story here.

California Supreme Court Ruling Could Lead to Executions Resuming

California Supreme Court Ruling Could Lead to Executions Resuming

The court upholds the ballot measure that aimed to speed up executions in the state but rules the five-year appeals deadline is a “directive” rather than a requirement. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Texas Couple to Receive Compensation

Wrongly Convicted Texas Couple to Receive Compensation

After spending more than two decades in prison for a sexual assault they did not commit, Dan and Fran Keller will receive $3.4 million from the state of Texas. Read the full story here.