Since the founding of our judicial system there have always been individuals claiming innocence to a crime that they have been found guilty of, traditionally, after their sentencing no matter how innocent they may or may not be would have to serve, live and possibly die by the decision of their peers. The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck alongside Peter J. Neufeld faces this issue by challenging the sentencing of convicted individuals who claim their innocence and have factual ground to stand upon. The Innocence Project uses the recent advances in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing to prove their client’s innocence by using methods that were not available, too primitive or not provided to their clients during their investigation, …show more content…
The Innocence Project has been able to lend aid to many individuals, who without their help, would not have seen life outside of prison again. The most well-known client of The Innocence Project is Steven Avery, whom is essentially famous due to a documentary series which followed his struggle for freedom. (Thesis) The Innocence Project is a national and international public organization committed to absolving wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and dedicated to the reconstruction of the criminal justice system, in order prevent any further injustice of innocent men or women. Many have been freed with the help of The Innocence Project and the advances in DNA testing, one of the most well-known clients being Steven Avery whom at the age of 22 was wrongfully convicted of …show more content…
The Innocence project was founded at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of law located at Yeshiva University and is a public organization which committed itself to the exoneration of falsely convicted individuals through deoxyribonucleic acid testing. In 2004 The Innocence Project became a nonprofit organization, continuing its close affiliation with Cardozo. Since the founding of The Innocence Project it has spread throughout the nation, aiding those who have nowhere else to turn. Since the first DNA exoneration in 1989, exonerations have been won in 37 states, totaling 337 exonerations. To date more than “337 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 20 individuals who were at one time sentenced to death” (The Innocence Project). Out of the 337 cases where innocent men and women were wrongfully imprisoned nearly half of the true suspects were identified and convicted. The racial heritage of those who have been exonerated is fairly diverse, consisting of “206 African Americans, 104 Caucasians, 25 Latinos, and 2 Asian Americans” (The Innocence Project). (Transition) Although The Innocence Project has changed the lives of many who others would not afford them the opportunity to prove their innocence, they would not have been able to do so without the recent
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They say that it is better that ten guilty men go free then one innocent man be wrongly convicted. On a 60 Minute broadcast, reporter Lesley Stahl did a story regarding the wrongful imprisonment of an innocent man based off of a rape victim’s eyewitness identification. The man convicted of the crime was sentenced to life plus fifty years at the age of twenty-two for a crime he never committed. Eleven years later, his innocence was finally proven when DNA was able to exonerate and clear his name.
Avery kept proclaiming his innocence during his appeals. In 2001, the Wisconsin Innocence Project agreed to review Avery's case. The Wisconsin Innocence Project requested permission to conduct advanced DNA testing from the Wisconsin court of Appeals. On September 10, 2003,
“The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.” The mission of the Innocence Project is to exonerate people who they believe don’t belong in jail and aren’t guilty of the crime they were convicted for. People write to them asking for them to investigate on difference cases and they will evaluate potential cases by gathering information about each case application and see if they can determine whether DNA testing can be conducted. Christopher Abernathy was one of the many people who they successfully exonerated. Christopher was convicted for murder, rape, and robbery.
Roy Brown Through the Innocence Project The Innocence Project frees people from jail that were wrongly convicted of a crime. That is what happened to Roy Brown. Through the help of the Innocence Project, he was released from jail. Brown was convicted of a horrific crime that included murder, even though the evidence that was provided was analyzed and presented wrongly.
Furthermore, Chou points out that many pieces of evidence, including testimony from Syed's classmate Asia McClain, who claimed to have seen him at the library at the time of the murder, may have offered an alibi for Syed. The Innocence Project, an organization that tries to justify wrongfully convicted people, has also expressed interest in Adnan Syed's case. They claim that "the evidence against Syed was extremely weak, consisting of testimony from one person who has since recanted, and cell phone records that have since been discredited" (see "Adnan Syed Case"). Furthermore, according to the Innocence Project, there was no physical evidence linking Syed to the crime scene, and several pieces of evidence, such as Asia McClain's testimony, were not introduced at
An absurd amount of innocent people in the nation, have fallen victim to a disorganized legal system, and are suffering because of it. Dennis Brown, and James Harden, are two examples of this, and can relate because of it. They’ve been falsely convicted, without DNA evidence, but the truth of the case is finally revealed with their release. Dennis Brown, a black male from Louisiana, has been one of many people that have been wrongfully convicted without proper DNA evidence. First off, he’s been falsely convicted of rape and burglary.
While preparing for the retrial, the Innocence Project sought further DNA testing on semen from the victim’s bed sheets. DNA test results released in November 2007 showed that the semen came from the same person as the hairs and the cells found under the victim’s fingernails. On December 4, 2007, prosecutors dropped the pending charges against Heins. Chad Heins, 33, had been incarcerated for 13
The principle in law that one is innocent until proven guilty has created much discourse. There are those who feel that the moment that one is arrested, there is reasonable belief that they committed the crime. However, there are those who feel that just as the principle states, one is, and should be taken as a victim and the outcome could be either way: guilty or not guilty. In fact, this argument is supported by the many cases of malicious prosecutions and mistaken identities.
With millions of criminal convictions a year, more than two million people may end up behind bars(Gross). According to Samuel Gross reporter for The Washington Post, writes that also “even one percent amounts to tens of thousands of tragic [wrongful conviction] errors”(Gross). Citizens who are wrongfully convicted are incarcerated for a crime he or she did not commit. Many police officers, prosecutors, and judges are responsible for the verdict that puts innocents into prison. To be able to get exonerated many wait over a decade just to get there case looked at, not many are able to have the opportunity of getting out.
Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America was written by Mamie Till-Mobley, a supporter of equal opportunities for different ethnicities. Christopher Benson, a writer and lawyer, assisted Mamie Till-Mobley as a co-author in her personal biography. Death of Innocence was published in the year 2003 by Random House in New York. This memoir has 290 pages, including seven pages of Christopher Benson’s personal experiences with Mamie Till-Mobley in the afterword. Death of Innocence is categorized as an adult nonfiction book.
Mitochondrial DNA testing showed that none of the 15 hairs matched Courtney” (Innocence Project). If the Tulsa Department approved of the Innocence Project instead of rejecting there offer in 2001, Courtney would’ve been innocent long time ago. After Innocence Project help out Sedrick Courtney’s case and proved him innocent, he decides to settle a lawsuit with the city of Tulsa but he also received a state compensation of $175,000. “On July 19, 2012, a Tulsa County District judge granted the Innocence Project’s motion to exonerate Courtney” (Innocence Project).
Obviously, the death penalty always ends in the loss of life, but these lives are sometimes innocent and sometimes have the potential for rehabilitation. The jury system rarely convicts people wrongly, so it is said. But, it happens often that criminals claim innocence; how many are telling the truth? The number of discovered false executions does not necessarily mean those are the only ones. Supporters may argue it is worth it, but isn't the loss of innocent life what we are all against?
Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong In Brandon L. Garrett 's book, Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong, he makes it very clear how wrongful convictions occur and how these people have spent many years in prison for crimes they never committed. Garrett presents 250 cases of innocent people who were convicted wrongfully because the prosecutors opposed testing the DNA of those convicted. Garrett provided simple statistics such as graphs, percentages, and charts to help the reader understand just how great of an impact this was.
One day in 1995, Cotton was watching the O.J. Simpson trial and watched how they used DNA as evidence and once again called on his lawyers. Knowing it would clear his name seeing that none of his DNA would be found at neither Thompson-Cannino’s nor the others girls crime scene. He asked for and was granted the test that would free him. After almost eleven long years of imprisonment, Cotton was able to walk out as a free, innocent man. He soon married and had a child of his own.