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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...

2013-11-26 08:26:52

FAIRFIELD, Ohio, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Hillsborough County Circuit Court, Case #02-CF-15542, and Florida Dept of Law Enforcement, Case # 20030300771, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, the Florida State Attorney's Office for the 13(th) Judicial Circuit dropped all charges against Cheydrick Britt related to a 2002 sexual battery charge based on new DNA test results conducted by the Forensics team at DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) in Fairfield, Ohio, led by Dr. Julie...

2013-11-13 23:30:29

The Minnesota Innocence Project hosted a benefit in which the Acesse Love Foundation was a presenting sponsor with a donation of $25,000. The 2013 Benefit for Innocence Gala took place on October 17, 2013. Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) November 13, 2013 Staff members of Acesse Corporation attended the 2013 Benefit for Innocence Gala to represent the Acesse Love Foundation; staff included President Bob Kinsella, Founder Steve Renner, CFO Amy Ayd, Corporate Counsel Mark Kallenbach, and many...

2013-03-13 17:55:10

Why do innocent people go to jail in the United States every year for violent crimes they did not commit? It´s a serious question representing the ultimate miscarriage of justice–taking away the freedom of a factually innocent person while also allowing the guilty person to remain free. The U.S. Department of Justice´s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) wanted to learn answers to prevent wrongful convictions in the first place. Jon B. Gould, J.D., Ph.D., a professor and...

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...

2012-01-10 12:23:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two recent Cardozo Law news items highlight the role of clinical legal education in training lawyers, while at the same time promoting meaningful reforms. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110928/DC76815LOGO) A groundbreaking study titled "Accessing Justice: The Availability and Adequacy of Counsel in Immigration Proceedings" by Cardozo's Immigration Justice Clinic found that 33 percent of immigrants in deportation cases received...

2011-04-12 18:20:00

FAIRFIELD, Ohio, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "Hello Truth" has meaning for Robert McClendon, DDC's (DNA Diagnostics Center) first Innocence Network exoneree who was freed through forensic DNA testing in 2008. Even more so after the April 10, 2011, DDC Forensics unveiling of DDC's newly named DNA analyzer, "Hello Truth," in honor of McClendon and his poem by the same name. Just prior to the surprise unveiling, McClendon recounted his first-person story to the many guests attending...

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...

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....