Latest Exoneration Stories

2014-02-06 08:27:25

The Ohio Attorney General's Office Dismisses Case Based on DNA Testing Conducted By DNA Diagnostics Center FAIRFIELD, Ohio, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Summit County Common Pleas Court, Case #1994-06-1409C on Thursday, January 30, 2014, Judge Mary Margaret Rowland dismissed aggravated murder and robbery charges against Dewey Jones, an Akron, OH man convicted in 1995 of the high-profile murder of Neil Rankin. A family friend and neighbor of Jones, 71-year old retired...

2013-02-04 23:03:46

Douglas Prade, a former Akron, Ohio Police Captain has been exonerated for the murder of his ex-wife after spending almost 15 years in prison and DNA testing performed by the DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC), one of the largest DNA testing companies in the world, was a key factor in the court´s decision to overturn the conviction of Prade. DDC performed the DNA testing on behalf of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP), an organization working on wrongful convictions. FAIRFIELD, Ohio (PRWEB)...

Science Needed To Help Free Innocent Prisoners
2012-08-20 14:08:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thousands of convicted inmates are sitting in a prison, including dozens on death row, that are innocent, but one project is collaborating with the American Chemical Society (ACS) to try and keep forensic experts accountable to science. Forensic scientists, attorneys and others that are a part of The Innocence Project put out a call to scientists at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society to get...

DNA Testing Of Suspected Felons Upheld In California
2012-02-25 06:26:59

A ruling by a federal appeals court on Thursday will allow California law enforcement officers to continue collecting DNA samples from adults who were arrested for felonies. A panel of judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a 2004 California law requiring officials to collect the DNA samples does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches. "DNA analysis is an extraordinarily effective tool for law enforcement to identify arrestees, solve past...

2011-08-17 17:28:00

Event will be held at UH Law Center August 24 to launch American Justice in the Age of Innocence HOUSTON, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Senator Rodney Ellis, a champion of criminal justice reform, will headline a luncheon hosted by the University of Houston Law Center on August 24 celebrating the publication of American Justice in the Age of Innocence, a book which explores the circumstances surrounding wrongful convictions. Sen. Ellis will discuss legislative reforms...

2011-04-08 07:00:00

FAIRFIELD, Ohio, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In a landmark case, a prisoner with a life sentence was freed after serving 18 years in a Florida prison, based on DNA findings presented by DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center). DNA analysis and testimony provided by Dr. Julie Heinig, DDC's DNA Forensics Assistant Laboratory Director, is credited with leading to the exoneration of Derrick Williams earlier this week. DDC is the largest provider of private DNA paternity and other DNA testing in the...

2011-04-06 07:00:00

FAIRFIELD, Ohio, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center), the largest provider of private DNA paternity and other DNA testing in the U.S. and worldwide, invites international attendees for a tour and behind the scenes look at its forensics technology Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 3 p.m. at DDC, One DDC Way, Fairfield, Ohio. The tour coincides with the 2011 Innocence Network Conference: An International Exploration of Wrongful Conviction held in Cincinnati, Ohio, April...

2010-09-17 14:35:00

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Get your client a fair trial. That was just one of the messages that New York Times best-selling author and lawyer John Grisham wanted students at the Wake Forest University School of Law to take away from a Sept. 14 panel discussion about "Innocence and Justice." The discussion included wrongful convictions, a broken justice system and the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission, in front of an audience of about 2,000 in Wait Chapel....

2010-06-22 13:45:00

New York Governor David Paterson has proposed doubling the states's DNA database to include samples from even low-level offenders, making it the first state to collect and use evidence to help solve crimes and exonerate people that have been wrongly convicted. The new law would require adding 48,000 samples a year to a laboratory system that state officials say is capable of handling the extra work. "You think it'd be a huge explosion, but we have samples on so many people that recommit...

Word of the Day
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.