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

Wrongly Convicted Oklahoma Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Oklahoma Man Is Free

Johnny Tallbear, who was convicted of a 1991 murder he did not commit, walks free after DNA tests on evidence from the crime scene did not match him. Read the full story here.

Supreme Court Grants Louisiana Inmate New Trial

Supreme Court Grants Louisiana Inmate New Trial

In a 6-3 decision, the justices order a new trial for convicted murderer Robert McCoy, whose lawyer entered a guilty plea to avoid the death penalty even though McCoy maintained his innocence. Read the full story here.

Court Vacates Convictions of Two New York Men

Court Vacates Convictions of Two New York Men

The New York Supreme Court vacates the convictions of Gregory Counts and VanDyke Perry, who spent nearly 40 years in prison combined for a 1991 kidnapping and rape they did not commit. Read the full story here.

Wrongful Conviction Case May Be Linked to Golden State Killer

Wrongful Conviction Case May Be Linked to Golden State Killer

Police investigate whether the alleged killer was involved in a double murder that led to the conviction of Craig Coley, who spent 38 years in prison before California Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned him in November. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted New Zealand Man Will Receive Compensation

Wrongly Convicted New Zealand Man Will Receive Compensation

Tyson Redman, who spent over two years in prison for an assault he says he did not commit, receives over $500,000 from the New Zealand government. Read the full story here.

Wrongfully Convicted California Man Is Released From Death Row

Wrongfully Convicted California Man Is Released From Death Row

Vicente Benavides walks free after serving more than 25 years on San Quentin’s death row for a murder and rape he says he did not commit. Read the full story here.

 

Two Wrongly Convicted Indiana Men Seek Compensation

Two Wrongly Convicted Indiana Men Seek Compensation

Roosevelt Glenn and Darryl Pinkins sue the city of Hammond and police officers for allegedly manipulating witnesses, fabricating evidence and withholding exculpatory evidence. Read the full story here.

South Carolina Prison Riot Leaves Seven Inmates Dead

South Carolina Prison Riot Leaves Seven Inmates Dead

The fights, which raged for more than four hours Sunday and started over territory, money and contraband, leave 17 inmates injured. Read the full story here.

Wrongfully Convicted Texas Man Opposes State’s Request for Faster Death Penalty Appeals

Wrongfully Convicted Texas Man Opposes State’s Request for Faster Death Penalty Appeals

Anthony Graves, who spent 12 years on death row for a murder he did not commit, argues against the state’s push to speed up the federal appeals process for capital punishment cases. Read the full story here.

Boulder County District Attorney Will Start Conviction Integrity Unit

Boulder County District Attorney Will Start Conviction Integrity Unit

The District Attorney’s Office plans to partner with defense attorneys and an innocence project to examine cases in which defendants maintain their innocence. Read the full story here.