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

California Man Is Free

California Man Is Free

A judge sets aside the conviction of Zavion Johnson, who spent 15 years in prison for shaking his baby to death, after two prosecution experts said the death could have been an accident. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Kansas Man to Receive Scholarship

Wrongly Convicted Kansas Man to Receive Scholarship

A Kansas City community college offers a full scholarship to Lamonte McIntyre, who spent 23 years in prison for two murders he did not commit. Read the full story here.

Nebraska Death Row Inmates Sue Governor

Nebraska Death Row Inmates Sue Governor

The lawsuit filed by ACLU Nebraska on behalf of the inmates says Gov. Pete Ricketts violated the state’s separation of powers clause by funding a successful campaign to restore capital punishment after the state had repealed it in 2015. Read the full story here.

Prosecutors to Dismiss Over 6,000 Drug Convictions

Prosecutors to Dismiss Over 6,000 Drug Convictions

Massachusetts district attorneys said they will throw out more than 6,000 convictions in cases involving former lab chemist, Sonja Farak, who pleaded guilty to stealing drug evidence to feed her own addiction. Read the full story here.

California Governor Pardons Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder

California Governor Pardons Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder

Gov. Jerry Brown orders the immediate release of Craig Coley, who spent 39 years in prison for a 1978 double murder. Read the full story here.

Study Shows Black Men Serve Longer Prison Sentences

Study Shows Black Men Serve Longer Prison Sentences

A study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission shows that for similar crimes, African-American men serve on average 19.1 percent longer sentences than white men. Read the full story here.

Key Eyewitness in Miami Case Testifies That Convicted Killer Didn’t Commit the Crime

Key Eyewitness in Miami Case Testifies That Convicted Killer Didn’t Commit the Crime

Arnold Clark in a court hearing today said he witnessed a 2005 murder and Andre Gonzales, the accused who is serving a life sentence for the crime, is not the killer. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Louisiana Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Louisiana Man Is Free

Wilbert Jones, who spent nearly 46 years in prison, is a free man after a judge overturned his rape conviction. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Man to Receive Compensation

Wrongly Convicted Man to Receive Compensation

The Illinois city of Sycamore agrees to pay $350,000 to Jack McCullough, who spent four years in prison after he was wrongly convicted of a 1957 kidnapping and killing. Read the full story here.

Wrongfully Convicted Man Sues Indiana City, Police

Wrongfully Convicted Man Sues Indiana City, Police

Keith Cooper, who spent 10 years in prison for an armed robbery he did not commit, sues the city of Elkhart and police officers who investigated the crime. Read the full story here.