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Future Agenda of the Innocence Movement

Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld share their vision for the challenges before those of us who seek to make our criminal system more just. This video begins about a quarter of the way into their concluding talk at the 2017 Innocence Conference.


To read their remarks not captured by the video, click this link: Future Agenda of the Innocence Movement

Lamarr Monson is Granted a New Trial!

lamarrmonsonThrough the ongoing work of Dave Moran and the Michigan Innocence Clinic, Lamarr Monson was granted a new trial. It remains to be seen if the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office will appeal the ruling, proceed with a new trial or drop the charges. Dave Moran believes they have an extremely good case based on what they presented in a series of hearing seeking a new trial. His hope, based on this, is that they will simply drop the charges and allow Lamarr Monson to go free. Kym Worthy's office, though, does not have a good track record when it comes to admitting that they wrongfully convicted a person, despite mounting evidence to innocence.

For a good overall understanding of the case, Elisha Anderson's January 30 article is a good way to begin: Man convicted of killing 12-year-old Detroit girl gets new trial

Temujin's Case to be Examined by Investigation Discovery

kensuInvestigation Discovery is a documentary-style program owned by The Discovery Channel. This February, they will look at Temujin Kensu's case. An excellent article about Temujin and the upcoming documentary can be read by clicking here. The link will take you to MLive.com.
 
 
 
 
 

Michigan Legislature Passes Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act!

It has finally passed in the House 104 to 2! Now it goes to Snyder for his signature. He has indicated he would sign it.

A special thanks for Ken Wyniemko, other activists and all who wrote to your representatives urging Michigan to join the majority of states who take some ownership and steps to alieve the sufferring caused by this tremendous injustice.

Exoneree Update: Julie Baumer

baumerJulie Baumer is a Michigan exoneree who was exonerated in 2010 after a wrongful conviction of child abuse. At the time of her release, she faced all the challenges of starting life completely over. She didn’t have a home, a job, or a vehicle – nothing. In addition, her mother passed away unexpectedly a year earlier and Julie took on the responsibility of helping her ailing father. Michigan is a state that offers no compensation to exonerees, but Julie is a motivated and dedicated individual. Upon her release, she immediately started working on repairing the damages the criminal justice system caused her. She worked odd jobs for two years to save money and in 2012, she found a position at a local parish. She now owns a home and a vehicle.

Recently, Julie has found a desire to help reform the criminal justice system and she wants to complete her undergraduate studies in criminal justice. She begins her senior year in January 2017, but unfortunately she has lost her income and is seeking financial help.

Julie has set up her own GoFundMe account to receive help.

Accessing Files on Google Drive

Many of PI's important documents are found right on the website under the Users' Menu > Office Documents. That works very well as a central repository. However, it does not work well for working documents which may be modified by one or more persons.For that we are using Google Drive under an account managed by PI. You are able to access the account yourself by opening a Chrome browser and logging in the the user This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and entering the password Innocence2010.

For your convenience, we list several links to shared folders/files.

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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.