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Spurred by an Appeal investigation into Michelle Heale’s controversial 2015 case, a law professor is asking New Jersey’s Conviction Review Unit to “correct an injustice” and set Heale free.
Feb 15, 2022
A man is serving two life sentences for a crime that, according to his legal team, never occurred.
Jun 29, 2021
Under Tali Farhadian Weinstein’s leadership, Brooklyn’s unit exonerated just four people—a far lower rate than in previous years.
May 17, 2021
Accused of shaking a baby to death and facing the death penalty, Amy Wilkerson says she is innocent, but pleaded guilty to spare her life.
Sep 23, 2020
A state investigation found that Detroit police officers fabricated evidence that helped convict a 14-year-old boy. A judge threw out his conviction after he spent nine years in prison, but the officers are still on the job and haven’t been flagged as unreliable to testify in court.
Aug 19, 2020
The ruling is a setback for the state's so-called junk science statute.
Apr 01, 2020
Critics say there may be systemic problems with how the unit is run within the Los Angeles County DA’s office.
Feb 27, 2020
Eric Schmitt should follow the lead of a Pennsylvania prosecutor who acknowledged that a man deserved a new trial, even when it meant reversing a murder conviction.
Feb 25, 2020
Mistaken identifications have been involved in nearly 70 percent of post-conviction exonerations based on DNA evidence.
Feb 11, 2020
Elmer Daniels served nearly 40 years in prison before he was exonerated in 2018. He's one of at least three people who could receive $50,000 for every year spent behind bars.
Feb 06, 2020
With Appeal staff reporter Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg.
Adam H. Johnson
Jan 23, 2020
Charges in each of four arrests of a city man were subsequently dropped. Now he has become one of a long line of New York City residents who have filed wrongful arrest lawsuits against the city.
Dawn R. Wolfe
Jan 14, 2020
More prosecutors are trying to root out wrongful convictions and restore trust in the legal system. They’re meeting opposition on all sides.
Nina Morrison, Somil Trivedi
Dec 10, 2019
After more than two decades, Terrance Lewis was exonerated and released from prison earlier this year. He is now an advocate for other innocent people caught up in the criminal legal system.
Oct 09, 2019
Rodney Reed, set to be executed on Nov. 20, is innocent of a rape and murder, his lawyers say, and untested evidence will prove it. But prosecutors have pushed back, arguing the evidence is contaminated.
Sep 26, 2019
Informants are highly motivated to lie. But jurors don’t always have the information or skills to discern the truth.
Sep 23, 2019
Aug 19, 2019
Police and prosecutors framed a father of four in a 2007 murder case with local and national political implications.
Kyle C. Barry
Jul 02, 2019
Carlton Roman has been stuck in prison for nearly 30 years for a murder he has long denied. Now, with a crowded primary for Queens district attorney weeks away, he could finally get a chance to go free.
Jun 05, 2019
Chicago hands out millions in settlements and legal fees for police misconduct. Its newly inaugurated mayor should take a dollar from the department’s budget for every dollar the city spends settling with its victims.
May 29, 2019
William J. Richards was cleared in the death of his wife. But he says he was the victim of medical neglect while he was behind bars, which led to a cancer diagnosis becoming terminal. Now he's suing.
Feb 19, 2019
Experts say New York’s Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct is an important first step, but the problem isn’t just misconduct—it’s the way prosecutors wield their discretion every day.
Aug 28, 2018
The City Council member now eyeing a run for Queens DA has a record of supporting reform, but some critics aren’t convinced.
Aug 07, 2018
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Josie Duffy Rice
Mar 22, 2018
Feb 15, 2018
Letter from Jabbar Collins warns that his case is likely only “the tip of the proverbial iceberg”
Jan 11, 2018
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The pardon vote removes any “residual stain” on his record.
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