Victories

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  • Clarence Shipley

    “I stayed positive, kept working, surrounded myself with positive people who were behind bars with me. And I just kept believing.”


  • Troy Burner

    “The system has had him longer than I have.” -Janice Burner, testifying at her son’s parole hearing


THREE BALTIMORE MEN TO BE FREED AFTER SPENDING A COMBINED 108 YEARS IN PRISON FOR A MURDER THEY DID NOT COMMIT
Today, the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office announced that it would agree to vacate the convictions and dismiss all charges against Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) and Nieto Law Office client Ransom Watkins; Maryland Office of the Public Defender and University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic (UBIPC) client Alfred Chestnut; and Nathans Biddle client Andrew Stewart. The three men have each spent the past 36 years in prison for a murder they did not commit.
The three men, then teenagers, were convicted of the November 18, 1983, murder of fellow teenager DeWitt Duckett, who was shot and killed in Harlem Park Junior High School (HPJHS) by someone who wanted to steal his Georgetown jacket. They were convicted based on the testimony of four teenage …


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