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Lorinda Swain Wins Settlement!

Our heartfelt congratulations to Lorinda Swain for her settlement!

 

The State of Michigan vs. Lorinda Swain - Michigan Supreme Court

Lorinda Swain was convicted in 2002 in Calhoun County of four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually assaulting her adopted son. She was sentenced to 25-50 years in prison. Though her son recanted his testimony immediately after the trial, Lorinda spent the next 8 years in prison until her case was picked up by the Michigan Innocence Clinic. She was allowed to leave prison, pending her appeal. For the last 7 years she has had the threat of returning to prison to serve out her remaining time, a stress few can imagine. On April 6th, 2016, she was in attendance as her case for a retrial was argued before the Michigan Supreme Court by Dave Moran of the Michigan Innocence Clinic (MIC).

The oral argument presented in its entirety:

MIC’s David Moran, supported by Caitlin M. Plummer and Imran J. Syed, argued several issues related to the motions for relief from judgment. They presented strong arguments that a new trial should be ordered, including that the original trial judge ordered a retrial and he is in a much better position to determine that then the Court of Appeals.

Jennifer Kay Clark, Assistant Calhoun County Prosecutor, aided by Aaron Lindstrom, Michigan Solicitor General, represented the State. Assistant Prosecutor Clark tried repeatedly to vacate the barrister table when unable to answer the Court’s questions, but was recalled each time.

Click for more details . . . The State of Michigan vs. Lorinda Swain - Michigan Supreme Court

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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.

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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.