Archive for March, 2012

UPDATE-Real Perpetrator in Ireland Case Convicted

On Friday, March 23, 2012 Kevin Benefield was sentenced to 60 years in prison, the maximum sentence that he could have received, for the 1986 rape and murder of Barbara Pelkey. Kenneth Ireland spent nearly 20 years in prison before the Connecticut Innocence Project helped to secure DNA testing on blood found at the crime …

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60 Minutes Features Michael Morton’s First Interview Since Being Exonerated

Be sure to tune in to 60 Minutes on CBS this coming Sunday at 7pm to see Michael Morton’s first interview since he was exonerated last year after spending 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife- a crime he did not commit.

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Fallibility of Forensics

According to Professor Brandon Garrett’s book “Convicting the Innocent”, more than half of the first 250 DNA exonerations were cases that included “invalid, unreliable, concealed, or erroneous forensic evidence.” In these cases forensic tests had been conducted on the evidence and had lead police to an innocent person. NEIP exoneree Stephan Cowans is mentioned …

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Police, Prosecutors and Downstate Illinois Innocence Project Work Together to Achieve Justice

On Tuesday a judge vacated the conviction of an Aurora, Illinois man who has maintained his innocence for the past 12 years in the murder of Shawn Miller and attempted murder of Leroy Starks. Two eyewitnesses to the murder identified Jonathan Moore as the shooter and he was subsequently found guilty and sentenced to 80 …

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