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Innocence Project in Print - Winter 2009

Innocence Project in Print - Winter 2009

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The Innocence Project's quarterly newsletter, with news on wrongful convictions overturned through DNA testing and reforms to the criminal justice system to prevent injustice.

The Innocence Project's quarterly newsletter, with news on wrongful convictions overturned through DNA testing and reforms to the criminal justice system to prevent injustice.

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THE INNOCENCE PROJECTINPRINT
 Thomas McGowan 6/11/08Michael Blair 8/25/08Robert McClendon 8/26/08Patrick Waller 9/24/08Steven Phillips 10/01/08Arthur Johnson 10/01/08Joseph White 11/10/08William Dillon 12/10/08Steven Barnes 1/09/09Ricardo Rachell 1/14/09James Dean 1/26/09Kathy Gonzalez 1/26/09Debra Shelden 1/26/09Ada JoAnn Taylor 1/26/09 Thomas Winslow 1/26/09Joseph Fears Jr. 3/10/09Miguel Roman 4/02/09Victor Burnette 4/03/09 Timothy Cole 4/09/09Johnnie Lindsey 4/24/09Chaunte Ott 6/05/09Lawrence McKinney 7/17/09Robert Lee Stinson 7/26/09Kenneth Ireland 8/19/09Joseph Abbitt 9/02/09James Woodard 9/30/09
VOLUME 5 ISSUE 2WINTER 2009BENJAMIN N. CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW, YESHIVA UNIVERSITY
 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gordon DuGan
President and Chief Executive Officer, W.P. Carey & Co., LLC 
Senator Rodney Ellis
Texas State Senate, District 13 Board Chair 
 Jason Flom
President, LAVA Records 
 John Grisham
Author 
Calvin Johnson
 Former Innocence Project client and exoneree; Supervisor, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority 
Dr. Eric S. Lander
 Director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Professor of Biology, MIT 
Hon. Janet Reno
 Former U.S. Attorney General 
Matthew Rothman
Managing Director and Global Head of Quantitative Equity Strategies, Barclays Capital 
Stephen Schulte
 Founding Partner and Of Counsel, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP Board Vice Chair 
Bonnie Steingart 
Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris,Shriver & Jacobson LLP 
 Andrew H. Tananbaum
President and CEO, Capital Business Credit LLC 
 Jack Taylor
Head of High Yield Debt,Managing Director, Prudential Real Estate Board Treasurer 
Paul R.Verkuil
Of Counsel, Boies, Schiller &  Flexner LLP 
Rachel Warren
M.K. Enterprises, Inc.
FEATURES
FORENSICS FORWARD: HOW FORENSIC SCIENCE REFORMIS GAINING MOMENTUM NATIONWIDE
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4SEARCHING FOR EVIDENCE AND ANSWERS
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9IDENTIFYING INNOCENCE: VICTIMS ANDEXONEREES COLLABORATE TO COMBATEYEWITNESS MISIDENTIFICATIONS
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12IN THEIR OWN WORDS:Q & A WITH GERALD HURST, FIRE EXPERT
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DEPARTMENTS
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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3EXONERATION NATION
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18INNOCENCE PROJECT NEWS
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20INNOCENCE BY THE NUMBERS:COMPENSATION
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IN THIS ISSUE
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Winston-Salem Journal 
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The New York Times 
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ON THE COVER: ERNEST SONNIER, PROVEN INNOCENT THROUGH DNA TESTING AFTER OVER 23 YEARS OF WRONGFULIMPRISONMENT, HUGS HIS FAMILY MEMBERS ON THE DAY OF HIS RELEASE, AUGUST 7, 2009.
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 THE NAMES THAT FOLLOW BELOW ARE THOSE OF THE 245 WRONGFULLY CONVICTED PEOPLE WHOM DNAHELPED EXONERATE, FOLLOWED BY THE YEARS OF THEIR CONVICTION AND EXONERATION.
Gary DotsonDavid VasquezEdward GreenBruce NelsonCharles DabbsGlen WoodallJoe JonesSteven LinscottLeonard CallaceKerry KotlerWalter Snyder1979 to 19891985 to 19891990 to 19901982 to 19911984 to 19911987 to 19921986 to 19921982 to 19921987 to 19921982 to 19921986 to 1993
 
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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BUILDING BRIDGES TO SECURE RESULTS
Kirk BloodsworthDwayne ScruggsMark D. BravoDale BrisonGilbert AlejandroFrederick DayeEdward HonakerBrian PiszczekRonnie BullockDavid ShephardTerry Chalmers1985 to 19931986 to 19931990 to 19941990 to 19941990 to 19941984 to 19941985 to 19941991 to 19941984 to 19941984 to 19951987 to 1995
Too often, people assume the Innocence Project is at odds with prosecutors, police,crime victims, forensic scientists and others. In fact, the opposite is true, as you’ll learnmore about in this issue of The Innocence Project in Print.To be sure, there are times that we are in direct opposition to law enforcement andothers. Sometimes we have to disagree. By its very nature, our litigation and policy reform work challenges the status quo and forces people to confront our justicesystem’s shortcomings. Despite the sometimes-adversarial nature of our work, we arefinding common ground with a diverse range of allies throughout the criminal justicesystem to address and prevent wrongful convictions. Victims of crime and their families are a powerful voice in litigation and broader publicpolicy debates. Everyone feels sympathy for crime victims – particularly those involved inthe types of cases the Innocence Project handles, which are often sex crimes. Victims of crime want and deserve justice, and they don’t get it when the wrong person is convicted.Improving eyewitness identification procedures is one of many areas where we agree with national and local victims’ organizations because victims of crime are not served by identification procedures that can lead them to an incorrect identification. Beginningon page 12, you can learn more about how crime victims and their families are working with the Innocence Project to improve eyewitness identification procedures nationwide. At the same time, more law enforcement agencies are embracing eyewitnessidentification procedures that increase the likelihood of selecting the true perpetratorand decrease the likelihood of identifying the innocent. Police and prosecutors want and need reliable evidence. All of the evidence they rely on – from eyewitnessidentification to confessions – is more solid and accurate if it is collected properly.Forensic scientists, meanwhile, are doing their best to perform high-quality forensicanalyses but are often overburdened and under-resourced. As we press for betterresearch and national standards in the field, we’re working hand-in-hand with agrowing number of forensic professionals who want and need the tools to provide top-notch work. You can learn more about our forensic reform work – and how it will helpforensic scientists, law enforcement and innocent suspects – starting on page 4.The Innocence Project has always been squarely focused on exonerating innocent prisoners and preventing future wrongful convictions. Working with people fromdifferent perspectives isn’t tangential to our mission and isn’t an extension of ourmission – it’s how we accomplish our mission.Maddy deLoneExecutive Director

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