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.

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Ken Wyniemko's Book Is Out

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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!

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

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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.

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