“For 43 years, Winston Scott has been branded a rapist for a crime he didn’t commit. Today’s decision erases that burden and will allow him to live the rest of his life without that stain.” Richmond Times-Dispatch (Frank Green): Virginia Supreme Court grants actual innocence writ in 1975 Fairfax County
After spending 30 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, MAIP client Jerome Johnson said, “I never lost faith.” Members of the Innocence Network, of which MAIP is a member, have helped exonerate 513 individuals and passed over 150 laws in the U.S. preventing future wrongful convictions
Brooke Baldwin had MAIP exoneree Jerome Johnson and MAIP Executive Director on CNN’s Newsroom today. Watch it here: “As long as you keep on fighting, eventually, the truth will come out” – Jerome Johnson, cleared of murder after 30 years behind bars, shares his message for the other innocent people
After 30 years and countless attorneys and attempts to free him, Jerome Johnson was finally released from prison for a crime he did not commit. Here is just a sample of the media coverage. Washington Post Baltimore Sun WBAL (Baltimore) Fox 45 (Baltimore) The Daily Mail (UK) The Grio (blog)
Kirk Bloodsworth walked out of a Jessup prison on June 28, 1993, as the first person in the country to serve time on death row and be exonerated by DNA. The case has lasting impact. Time has healed many things, but the memory of his ordeal remains vivid. “It feels
Today, the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office announced that it would agree to vacate the conviction and dismiss all charges against Jerome Johnson, a 50-year-old client of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) and defense lawyer Nancy Forster. Jerome has spent the last 30 years
The 2018 Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project Awards Luncheon will honor Governor Terry McAuliffe with the Champion of Justice award. Gov. McAuliffe will also be the keynote speaker at the July 12 event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington DC. As governor of Virginia, Mr. McAuliffe championed numerous reforms to Virginia’s criminal
Over the past few years, I’ve watched too many judges ignore the law and have seen too many cases where prosecutors ignore or seemingly take advantage of our efforts to collaborate.