(See Springsteen v. Texas, No. July 28, 2017 - Nickelodeon confirmed that production for The Thundermans has wrapped up today. (Graves v. Dretke, No. An appellate judge in a related case stated that all seven individuals in this case were sentenced to life. On August 1, 2002, Illinois Governor George Ryan issued a pardon to Lawson based on innocence. (They had previously argued that he was competent to stand trial.) Police overlooked significant evidence that the murder occurred in the course of a botched robbery and quickly decided that Dexter must have committed the crime. He was acquitted at a retrial in April, 1993. Ohio — Conviction: 1989, Charges dismissed: 2012, On January 23, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by the state of Ohio challenging the unconditional writ of habeas corpus and bar to the re-prosecution of Joe D’Ambrosio (pictured), thus ending the capital case. Louisiana — Conviction: 1996, Charges Dismissed: 1999. Gary Radi was convicted and sentenced to death in 1975 for the murder of a grocery store employee during the course of a robbery. The charges against Ferber were dropped prior to the retrial when evidence surfaced that the conviction was based on the perjured testimony of a jail-house informant, exculpatory evidence was not disclosed to the defense, and an eyewitness to the crime was positive that Ferber was not the man she saw. Kitchen was reunited with his sons, one of whom was born while he was in prison, and his family. Morris’s chief accuser was Joe West. U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle overturned Jones’s conviction two years ago, but he was held in prison awaiting a possible retrial until prosecutors announced that they were dismissing all charges. 1995)). (Scott v. State, 581 So.2d 887 (Fla. 1991)). (New York Times, 4/17/97). Click Here for DPIC’s Coverage of State of Missouri v. Joseph Amrine, Read “A Broken System: Joseph Amrine,” by The Justice Project, Read “Facing Execution on Tainted Testimony,” by Amnesty International, Pennsylvania — Conviction: 1982, Charges Dismissed: 2003. Furthermore, Dr. Ralph Erdmann, the paleontologist who presented the forensic evidence at trial, was convicted of seven felony counts including the misrepresentation of facts in other cases and stripped of his license. Madison Hobley was convicted of setting fire to an apartment building in 1987 that claimed the lives of seven tenants, including his wife and child. The Court reversed the conviction and entered a directed verdict of acquittal. Jim Piggott, Wrongly convicted of murder: 2 men freed after 42 years in prison, WJXT News4, Jacksonville, March 28, 2019. See a list of all of the additional exonerations here. Ron Ishoy, a spokesman for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, said the prosecution will not appeal the unanimous decision. Caraway proved to be an unreliable witness and she provided the prosecution with contradicting accounts of the crime. On this day in 1960, a group of students at Johnson C. Smith University begin lunch counter sit-ins in Charlotte, inspired by those in Greensboro. A subsequent investigation by the Detroit News uncovered lies by the prosecution’s star witness, perjured identification given under police pressure, and the use of poorly administered lie detector tests. He was released on April 3, 2015. The results not only exculpated Krone, but they pointed to another man, Kenneth Phillips, as the assailant. Scott was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Because Pearson’s conviction was vacated for insufficient evidence, the case was ineligible for retrial. App., 11/17/81)) The charges against Giddens were dropped. Giddens, an 18-year-old black man, was convicted for the murder of a grocery store cashier primarily on the testimony of Johnnie Gray, who claimed he accompanied Giddens to the murder scene. App. Kimbell maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration, despite testimony from witnesses that he had been near the scene of the crime shortly before the murders and despite the testimony of several individuals, including three jailhouse informants, that he had admitted committing the murders. Andrew Pantazi, Jacksonville men freed 43 years after wrongful murder conviction, a first for a Florida conviction review unit, The Florida Times-Union, March 28, 2019. Officers at the scene of the blaze said that Willis had acted strangely, and prosecutors had Willis arrested. The ruling by the Criminal Court of Appeals cited a “significant amount” of exculpatory evidence that was kept from Munson at the original trial. The trial court granted the prosecution’s motion to “nolle pros” the charges against Williams, and, on January 21, 2020, charges were also dropped against Wilson. Shortly after his 17th birthday, Matthews was arrested for the murder of a local convenience store owner. “My mother died while I was on death row,” he told Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi. (Decatur Daily, 5/27/01 and Washington Post, 5/28/01). Nevertheless, a jury sentenced Melendez to die, and in 1986, the Florida Supreme Court upheld the conviction and death sentence. DNA evidence taken from the victim was less definitive. Steve Manning became the 13th inmate exonerated in Illinois, when prosecutors announced that they are dropping charges and no longer plan to retry Manning for the 1990 slaying of trucking company owner Jimmy Pellegrino. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals overturned that verdict in 2001, stating that the judge in Quick’s second trial was indeed wrong to deny Quick a free copy of the transcript from the previous mistrial in light of his indigent status (Quick v. State, 825 So. On Monday, August 9, 2004, Jefferson Parish prosecutors dropped all charges against 24-year-old Ryan Matthews, making him the 14th death row inmate freed with the help of DNA testing. The testimony that they used to convict him was false.”. One of the accomplices, Deshaun White, received a sentence reduction for testifying against McCoy. The state dismissed all charges on May 12, 2009 while expressing reservations about House’s complete innocence. Anthony Carey was tried and sentenced to death along with his Timothy Howard and Gary James were arrested in December, 1976 for a Columbus, Ohio bank robbery in which one of the bank guards was murdered. The 11th Circuit ordered a retrial because Wallace had not been competent to stand trial. Dismissing the charges, the Attorney General’s office cited a “total lack of credible evidence” and stated “prosecutors would deem it a breach of ethics to proceed to trial.” Recent DNA tests proved that blood found at the victims’ home did not belong to Burrell or Graham. The trial judge met with the jury, which then shortly returned a unanimous guilty verdict. 95 CRS 1884, Order (Superior Court of Bertie County, December 16, 2002) (Vacating conviction and granting new trial.) 620 (S.D. Charles was convicted on two counts of murder and sentenced to death. Bufford was acquitted of all charges. (Chicago Tribune, January 10, 2003). Louisiana — Conviction: 1984, Charges Dismissed: 2014. The medical records reflected that the injuries to Consuelo’s genitalia and anus that the prosecution expert had attributed to sexual assault were actually a product of unsuccessful medical intervention, including repeated failed efforts to insert a catheter and the improper use of an adult-sized catheter on the small child. The state dropped its appeal of the judge’s ruling, thereby clearing him of the same charges. However, sophisticated DNA analysis of evidence from the crime scene did not match either defendant and the prosecution announced it was not prepared to go to trial. In fact, police records show that Suggs identified two suspects, neither of which was Derrick Jamison. Read the federal appeals court opinion in Browning v. Baker, No. Sources: Wilkerson v. State, 657 S.W.2d 784 (Tex. However, in 2008 following state post-conviction review, Circuit Court Senior Judge Donald P. Harris held that Vann was entitled to a new trial because his defense attorneys failed to hire forensic experts to challenge the state’s allegations of sexual abuse. App. Crim. Despite the results of the 2001 DNA testing, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied Brewer’s request for a new trial in 2002. This refuted the April 3rd claim by the original prosecutors. In July 1976, Finch had been convicted by a Wilson County, North Carolina of shooting a store clerk to death during an attempted robbery. Read “Life After Death Row” by Sara Rimer in The New York Times Magazine, Oklahoma Conviction: 1987, Acquitted: 1993. Crim App. Within the same 24-hour period, she got interviewed by homicide and said a Hispanic male did it.” McMahon said “William Nieves’ first trial was not presented in the way it should have been presented, and that’s wrong when someone is being sentenced to death.” At the re-trial, McMahon pointed out the inconsistencies in the key witness’s identification of the killer and Nieves was acquitted (Associated Press, 10/21/00). Bowen, on the other hand, maintained his innocence, provided twelve alibi witnesses to confirm that he was 300 miles from the crime scene just one hour prior to the crime, and could not be linked by any physical evidence to the crime. The Montana Supreme Court reversed Radi’s and the other defendants’ convictions, ruling that the defendants should have been tried separately. In the second trial, which lasted two days, prosecutors argued, without presenting any supporting evidence, that the men committed the murder because Jeannette Williams supposedly owed them a $50 drug debt. Indeed, we find that the evidence here is equally consistent with a reasonable hypothesis of innocence.” Lindsey v. State, No. Shortly before leaving office in 1994, Governor Wilder commuted Washington’s sentence to life with the possibility of parole. Read “A Broken System: Rolando Cruz and Alejandro Hernandez” by The Justice Project, Illinois Conviction: 1985, Charges Dismissed: 1995. The court also found that the trial court committed reversible error when it “succeeded in pressuring the defendant and his counsel into withdrawing the request for an appropriate instruction” with regard to how the jury should scrutinize the testimony of another witness for the State, Bertie Brailford. (See State V. Moore, No. He remains incarcerated on other unrelated charges. In 2004, the Court unanimously voted to disbar Peasley, stating that his behavior “could not have been more harmful to the justice system.” (Ibid.). (Banks v. State, 218 S.E.2d 851 (Ga. 1975)). (Winston-Salem Journal, November 23, 1999). Derrick Smith, a rival gang member to the defendants and the state’s main witness, was one of the apparent targets in the shooting. Because mitigating evidence was unavailable to Wilson as a result of the passage of time following the prosecutor’s misconduct, the trial court barred the prosecution from seeking the death penalty on retrial. In 1993, Andre Minnitt was sentenced to death for a triple murder in Tucson at El Grande Market. Just days before the current trial started, the prosecution called the defense saying they had just found new evidence from the victim’s home computer. Florida Conviction: 1983, Charges Dismissed: 1988. Working with State Attorney Andrew Warren’s Conviction Integrity Unit, the parties told the court that there was in fact no bite mark and that DNA evidence from an untested rape kit excluded DuBoise and implicated two other men. The show ends with 103 episodes, spanning 4 seasons. Only one black juror served on the sixth jury in 2010 — again prosecuted by Evans — and Flowers was sentenced to death a fourth time in that trial. The murders occurred when an intruder smashed a window and broke into the victims’ home in southeastern Kentucky, bludgeoning the couple and setting fire to the house. Leroy Orange spent 19 years on death row before he was pardoned by Governor Ryan in 2003. (Commonwealth v. Johnson, 429 N.E.2d 726 (1982)). Thibodeaux was sentenced to death for the 1996 rape and murder of his cousin. The Arizona Supreme Court overturned McCrimmon’s conviction in 1996 because of the judge’s undue pressure on the jury. (The Gadsden Times, 10/3/97). After an investigation, the district attorney announced that he would not retry the case. North Carolina — Conviction: 1976, Charges Dismissed: 2019. The state’s primary evidence presented against Ballard was a hair and a fingerprint, both of which he could have left during his many visits to the victims’ apartment. North Carolina — Conviction: 1997, Charges Dismissed 1999. Prosecutors filed a motion to drop charges against Jackson, Bridgeman, and their co-defendant, Kwame Ajamu (formerly, Ronnie Bridgeman), who had been released, but not exonerated, in 2003. Bowen was incarcerated in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary under three death sentences for over five years when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit finally overturned his conviction in 1986. As of 2011, Johnston was seeking remuneration from the state. He returned to Idaho in March of 1982 to look for work. Forty-two years after he and his nephew were wrongfully convicted of murder in Florida and he was sentenced to death, Clifford Williams, Jr. has been exonerated. Hoffman won a new trial in 2004 (Order of the General Court of Justice Superior Court Division: 95-CRS-15695-97) because information favorable to Hoffman was withheld from the defense. Carey is one of 11 additional exonerations discovered by DPIC in 2021 during its research of all modern-era death sentences. Crim App. Overlaying the entire case is the revelation that the State failed to disclose evidence that tended to implicate Smith, impeach Curtis and Mozee, and bolster the trial testimony of inmate Rogers, who maintained that the inmate fleeing the crime scene was not Griffin.” (at 9). Hall told Northwestern University journalism students who were investigating the case: “I helped send [an] innocent man to jail.” (Newsweek, May 31, 1999). The second retrial—before a new jury that did not have to be “death-qualified” and was chosen without the race bias from the original trial—acquitted Wilson of all charges on November 15, 2005. This was the fifth trial for the former death-row inmate accused in the 1980 contract killing of a Phoenix print-shop owner and his mother-in-law. The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the juror was coerced, and it vacated Minnitt’s and McCrimmon’s convictions and death sentences. The Court stated that the probative value of the photos was substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice. Indiana Conviction: 1978, Acquitted: 1980, Hicks was convicted on two counts of murder and was sentenced to death. Porter came within 2 days of execution in 1998 and was only spared because the Court wanted to look into his mental competency. In remanding the case, the Court stated: “we stress that we are deeply troubled by the nature of the allegations in this case.” (Id. The judge noted, “Given the weakness of the prosecution’s case and its heavy reliance on the testimony of Lovely Lorden, there is a reasonable probability that, but for counsel’s unprofessional errors, the result of the proceeding would have been different.”. A majority of the court joined a concurring opinion by Justice Charles Canady holding that “no rational trier of fact could have found … beyond a reasonable doubt” that Wright was the killer. Nickelodeon Animation Studio, sometimes often shortened to Nick Animation, is an American animation studio and division of ViacomCBS.It has created many original television programs for Nickelodeon and its sister channels, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Rugrats and Avatar: The Last Airbender, among various others.Since the 2010s, the studio … In March 2003, Matthews’ attorneys had the physical evidence (including a ski mask) re-tested. SC84656, April 29, 2003). Charles Lee Bufford was convicted for the April 1977 murder of a prominent local politician. Mar. J. Masulli Reyes, Former death row inmate goes free after acquittal, The News Journal, January 19, 2017, R. Chase, DELAWARE: EX-DEATH ROW INMATE ACQUITTED AFTER MURDER RETRIAL, Associated Press, January 19, 2017. (Florida v. Holton, No. Twenty-nine wrongfully convicted death-row prisoners have been exonerated in Florida, the most in the nation. (Jones v. State, 738 P.2d 525 (Okla. crim. Oklahoma Conviction: 1988, Charges Dismissed: 1998. It found that Williams’ trial lawyer had failed to investigate the crime scene or retain necessary forensic experts and ineffectively failed to present expert evidence to challenge White’s “eyewitness” testimony. Evans first prosecuted Flowers for the murder of one of the victims in October 1997. Those charges alleged that Washington’s representation of Orange and others “amounted to professional misconduct.” (Chicago Tribune, November 15, 1999). As a result, Fields and co-defendant Earl Hawkins were granted new trials in 1998. At trial, Webster’s friend, Eva Marie Lopez, stated that she “overheard Webster bragging to [her cousin] Baker about committing a murder. (Washington Post, 12/15/00 (AP) and St. Petersburg Times (Florida) 12/15/00). He is an innocent man,” Siegler said. James agreed to and passed a state-administered polygraph test, prompting Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien to dismiss all charges “in the interest of justice.” Howard was freed earlier on April 23 when Franklin County Common Pleas judge Michael Watson overturned his conviction, citing evidence not disclosed or available at trial. 90-3117-RDR, 1992 WL 331307 (D. Kan. Oct. 21, 1992). (North Carolina v. Gell, No. (Chicago Tribune, February 27, 2004), Missouri — Conviction: 1987, Acquitted: 2000. Wallace was convicted and sentenced to death for the slaying of a police officer, despite his claim that the shooting was accidental and that he was acting in self-defense because he was beaten by the officers. (Associated Press, March 3, 2005). Hayes was convicted of the rape and murder of a co-worker based partly on faulty DNA evidence. Later DNA testing showed that of the blood on Browning’s jacket was not Elsen’s. While O’Brien said that releasing the two men was an admission of a 26-year-old unsolved murder and robbery, “[w]e don’t want anybody in prison serving time for something they didn’t do.”, Columbus Dispatch, July 16, 18, and 21, 2003. In April, Jones’s new defense team filed an affidavit in which Lorden said, “Much of what I testified to was simply not true.” She also stated that a detective coached her on what to say. On appeal, the Supreme Court of Louisiana found the evidence insufficient to support his conviction of first-degree murder and rendered a judgment of guilty of second-degree murder. Solache did not speak or read English and said that Guevara never translated the written statement for Solache before getting him to sign it. The Indiana Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1989 because of ineffective assistance of counsel. On December 5, 2007, a Tennessee jury acquitted Michael Lee McCormick of the 1985 murder of Donna Jean Nichols, a crime for which McCormick spent 16 years on death row. 2d 295 (2000)). Cook County prosecutors dropped charges against Solache and his co-defendant Arturo DeLeon-Reyes after Circuit Court Judge James Obbish overturned their convictions, finding that disgraced Chicago detective Reynaldo Guevara had told “bald-faced lies” under oath when he testified to having no memory of interrogating Solache and DeLeon-Reyes and denied having beaten false confessions out of the men. Ralph Daniel Wright, Jr. vs. State of Florida, No. Read Jenn Carbin, “A Matter of Life and Death,” (Parts I and II), Philadelphia CIty Paper (Nov. 1-8, 2001). The court ruled that Philadelphia prosecutors had engaged in misconduct that denied Johnson a fair trial and was “undertaken recklessly, that is, with a conscious disregard for a substantial risk that such will be the result.”, Mississippi — Conviction: 1997, Charges Dismissed: 2020. The Court also found that the trial court had erred in denying Lindsey’s motion for a judgment of acquittal at the conclusion of the presentation of evidence. More than 16 years after a Pennsylvania jury returned three death sentences against Harold Wilson, new DNA evidence led to his acquittal. When presented with this evidence the New Orleans District Attorney’s office released Ross. Erwin remains in federal prison for drug trafficking crimes. The Court stated that most of the evidence presented at trial had “nothing to do with Mathers” and noted that even the trial judge expressed doubt as to whether Mathers was involved in the crime. Records also showed that police destroyed the second gasoline can after the defense issued a subpoena for it, a move the Illinois Supreme Court said supported a finding that the destruction was “motivated by bad faith.” (Id.). (S. Kreytak, “Charges dismissed in yogurt shop case,” Austin American-Statesman, October 28, 2009; see also J. Vertuno, “Murder counts tossed in Texas yogurt shop slayings,” Associated Press, Oct. 29, 2009). (See Order of Nolle Prosequi, Cir. Since 1973 there have been 149 exonerations of people sentenced to death in the U.S. including eight in Ohio. Ohio Conviction: 1984, Charges Dismissed: 1990, Johnston was sentenced to death in 1984 by a 3-judge panel for the murder of his stepdaughter and her fiancee. An Arkansas trial judge dismissed all charges against former death-row prisoner, Rickey Dale Newman on October 11, 2017, after nearly 16 years in prison for the February 2001 murder of a transient woman in a “hobo park” on the outskirts of Van Buren, Arkansas. The Nevada Supreme Court overturned Browning’s death sentence in 2004 as a result of counsel’s ineffective assistance in the penalty phase of trial, but a second jury — hearing the same evidence against him — resentenced him to death in 2007. In 2000, additional DNA tests were ordered and the results again excluded Washington as the rapist. Vann was originally convicted and sentenced to death in 1994 for a sexual assault and murder of his own daughter, Necia Vann, in 1992. Bryan ordered Harris released from custody if not brought to a speedy retrial. Louisiana — Conviction: 1997, Charges dismissed: 2012, On September 28 2012, Damon Thibodeaux was freed from death row in Louisiana after an extensive investigation, including DNA testing and the cooperation of Jefferson Parrish District Attorney Paul Connick. Pearson’s conviction was vacated on appeal because the only evidence connecting the defendants with the crime was the uncorroborated testimony of an accomplice. Although the court recommended that a new trial be granted, the prosecution, in light of the evidence, chose not to pursue a retrial. While Flowers’ appeal of his conviction in that trial was pending, Evans tried Flowers in March 1999 for the murder of a second victim. (M. Gillispie, “Judge dismisses two men charged in 1975 slaying,” Associated Press, November 21, 2014. None of the blood or other items tested contained Howard’s DNA. Jeb Bush. Because the conspiracy and assault charges remained in place, the court reluctantly resentenced Croy to ten years probation. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls � Legend of Everfree. Prion remained incarcerated in Utah for an unrelated crime. In May 2008, following a re-investigation of the case by the Collin County prosecutor’s office, District Attorney John Roach announced that in light of the results of advanced DNA testing and the absence of any other evidence linking him to the crime, Mr. Blair’s conviction could no longer be upheld. Ms. Potter confessed in July of 1994 that she alone had committed the murder. Laurence Adams left a Massachusetts prison 30 years after his conviction for the 1972 robbery and murder of a transit worker in Boston. Read Judge Michael McCuskey’s 2003 Retrial Order (PDF), Massachusetts — Conviction: 1974, Charges Dismissed: 2004. The four were convicted of murder, kidnapping, sodomy, and rape and were sentenced to death. Charges were dropped and he was released after the actual killer was identified and convicted. The chief prosecution witness, Arnie Merrill, was a convicted burglar and former drug dealer who was given immunity for his testimony. Young acquitted him of all charges in a retrial ordered by the Delaware Supreme Court. Porter has since recanted his testimony, stating that he lied in order to get back at his cousin for stealing money from him. Tex. Shareef Cousin was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Alred Michael Gerardi in a holdup outside a French Quarter restaurant. Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg issued a statement that said in part: “Make no mistake, this is a difficult decision and one I would rather not have to make.”. Springsteen had been sentenced to death and Scott was sentenced to life in prison. (McMillian v. State, 616 So.2d 933 (Ala. Crim. California Conviction: 1976, Acquitted: 1981, In November 1973, while incarcerated in a state prison facility, Ernest Graham and co-defendant Eugene Allen were charged with killing a state correctional officer. at 39, citation below). Radi was tried together with three codefendants. The conviction was overturned by the Illinois Supreme Court in January, 1995. at 633). Cox wrote an internal memo on the Crawford case in 2014 stating that Crawford “deserves as much physical suffering as it is humanly possible to endure before he dies” and attracted national criticism for questionable comments and practices, including telling The Shreveport Times that he believed the state needs to “kill more people.” Cox personally prosecuted 1/3 of all the cases in which Louisiana juries returned death sentences between 2010-2015. Den som mener seg rammet av urettmessig publisering, oppfordres til å ta kontakt med redaksjonen. question; however both were sentenced to death as accomplices. note There are also several Nick-branded channels on Pluto TV. Pennsylvania — Conviction: 1993, Charges Dismissed: 2019. Williams is the 165th former death-row prisoner to be exonerated in the United States since 1973. D’Ambrosio is 140th former death row inmate to be exonerated since 1973 and the 6th from Ohio. … Everything was all make-believe on my part.”, APM also conducted a study of prosecutors’ exercise of discretionary jury strikes in 225 trials between 1992 and 2017 during Evans’ tenure as Fifth Circuit Court District Attorney, finding that prosecutors in Evans’ office excluded African Americans from jury service at nearly 4½ times the rate at which they struck white jurors. The two brothers who were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1984, were freed because of evidence uncovered by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission.
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