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  • Lamar Johnson

    “I want to thank God, my mom, and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.” —Lamar Johnson, upon being released after 13 years in prison.

  • Keith Harward

    “Best part is being out with my family. Worst part is some of my families are not here.” —Keith Harward, on being free

Today, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law a bill championed by Senator Bobby Zirkin to ensure that innocent people who previously pled guilty are able to prove their innocence in court. The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) worked with the University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic (UBIPC) and the Innocence Project to remedy this problem created by Maryland courts over the past several years.
Senate Bill 423 reinstated the right for those who pled guilty to obtain post-conviction DNA testing or otherwise prove their innocence in court. This had previously been eliminated by the Maryland courts in 2016 and 2017.
“This is a tremendous victory for the innocent men and women currently serving time in Maryland prisons,” said Shawn Armbrust, MAIP Executive Director. “There’s no reason for anyone to remain in prison when they can prove their innocence, and Gov. Hogan and the General Assembly did the right thing by stepping in to …

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