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Dave Sanders on the Request to Pardon Fred Freeman

Larry Spruill of WDIV-TV, Channel 4 in Detroit, interviews David Sanders of Proving Innocence about the application requesting Gov. Rick Snyder to pardon Fred Freeman.

Menace To The Innocent

Menace to the Innocent: Insubstantial Expert Evidence Endangers Innocent People Accused Of A Crime is a new book by PI's friend Hans Sherrer. Hans both wrote and published this book with the Justice Institute, founded by him. 

 

Hans is an extremely astute commentator and advocate regarding wrongful convictions. He is President of the Justice Institute, and Editor and Publisher of Justice Denied: the magazine for the wrongly convicted, which has been published since 1999. He also created and maintains the Innocents Database, which is the only database in the world that compiles all known exonerations in the United States and more than 100 other countries.menacetotheinnocent cover

PI Issues Media Release on Fred Freeman

Justice Nearing in Freeman Case

  • fredfreeman lie detector smFredrick Freeman may finally soon be a free man after 31 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.  Several new developments bode well for him:Freeman’s successive habeas is now before Senior Judge William O. Bertelsman of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky.  In her original habeas in 2008, Chief Federal Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that Freeman’s  conviction was abetted by prosecutor misconduct and that he was innocent and should be freed or granted a new trial.  (Hood’s decision was later overruled by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on procedural technicalities). There are now reasons to believe that this second habeas appeal will be successful, especially since the Sixth Circuit, in granting the new habeas, stated that Freeman made “. . . prima facie showing of a constitutional violation . . .”.  That Court also stated that, but for the highly suggestive line-up photos used to falsely identify Freeman, “. . .no reasonable fact-finder would have found him guilty. . .”, especially because nine alibi witnesses placed him hundreds of miles from the crime scene around the time of the murder.
  • CBS News/48 Hours is planning a special program on Freeman’s wrongful conviction.  This should put a bright public spotlight on this incredible miscarriage of justice, which has given Michigan’s criminal justice system a “black eye”, and increase pressure for righting this wrong.

    Read the rest of . . .PI Issues Media Release on Fred Freeman

Proving Innocence to hold its first Fundraiser!

October 1st,  2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

1508 Northwood Blvd, Royal Oak, MI 48073

Proving Innocence's first fundraiser will be a chance for folks to mingle with four very special people.

stephaniechangThe stevebiedaWrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act brought Michigan up to date with the rest of the country in compensating those imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. In recognition of their efforts, we will be hearing from two who sponsored the bill, Senator Steve Bieda, and Representative Stephanie Chang.

Read more: Proving Innocence to hold its first Fundraiser!

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Due to limited capacity, there are many cases PI becomes aware about, but is not in a position to assist. Still, we wish there was something we could do to help.

So, we want to make them available to the general public in the hope that someone or some group might take the case. PI does not stand behind each case as a bonifide wrongful conviction, with the exception of the Lobato case. How can we, since we have not investigated? The best way to describe our decision to post a case is that our gut tells us it is legitimate or worth looking into, and that by making this available to the general public, some one may step up to the plate. It must be left up to another to prove these people have been wrongfully convicted.

Each case we post will have information so you can contact those involved directly. Please do not contact us about the case. We are only a conduit.

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Angelo Henderson Radio Download

In 2012 Ken Wyniemko was a special guest of Richard Bernstein, who served as co-host with the late Angelo Henderson on 1200 AM Detroit Radio. This segment of the show was dedicated to understanding wrongful convictions and what can be done to free the wrongfully convicted and prevent others from this fate.

Click Angelo Henderson Radio Program  to download any of the recorded programs.

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The Research Corner

In The Research Corner, Professor Marvin Zalman presents summaries of current academic research on wrongful conviction in a succinct and readable format. We hope that the summaries will provide you with a more sophisticated understanding of innocence issues and stimulate further interest.

 

 

 

For Those Desiring PI to look at Your Case

 

At this point in our development, PI is only taking on cases in cooperation with other innocence projects. If you have been wrongfully convicted and your case involves DNA evidence, we recommend you contact the Cooley Innocence Project at Western Michigan Cooley Law School. If your case does not involve DNA, please contact the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. A third member of the Innocence Network is SADO, the State Appelate Defense Organization. For cases outside of Michigan, here is a list of innocence projects by state.