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Charles Erickson seeks release from prison in Heitholt homicide

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Five years after Ryan Ferguson walked out of prison after winning a lengthy court battle for his freedom, Charles Erickson is now asking for his.  Erickson, 34, has filed a petition in Pike County, where his prison is located, that alleges Boone County prosecutors and Columbia police coerced him into confessing to the murder of Columbia Tribune sports editor …

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Rodney Lincoln’s sentence commuted after three decades in prison

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On his last day as governor, Eric Greitens commuted sentences and issued pardons in what he said is the ability to make wrong things right. Our news cameras were there when Rodney Lincoln was released from prison after spending more than three decades behind bars for a crime he said he did not commit. Lincoln, 73, said …

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David Thorne Case Update

This article was originally published in the Injustice Anywhere 2018 Spring Newsletter. By Sue Gless Thorne David Thorne was wrongfully convicted in January, 2000 in the death of Yvonne Layne.  David was accused and convicted of hiring Joseph Wilkes, a teenaged friend, to murder his former girlfriend.  David has always maintained his innocence.   Joseph Wilkes recanted his confession. Once David’s appeals …

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The 2018 Injustice Anywhere Spring Newsletter Is Now Online

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, courts in the United States overturned 139 wrongful convictions in 2017. Sixty percent of the exonerations in 2017 were a result of official misconduct. That is the highest number of convictions overturned because of misconduct ever to be documented in a calendar year. It is disturbing to know that honesty and integrity could …

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The Next Legal Step in the Amanda Knox Case: The European Court of Human Rights

  In the next legal step for Amanda Knox, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), on a date currently unknown, will issue a judgment in the case of Amanda Marie Knox v. Italy. Amanda Knox and her then boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, in a series of trials were convicted, acquitted, convicted, and then finally and definitively acquitted March 27, 2015 …

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https://theintercept.com/2017/12/29/las-vegas-murder-kirstin-lobato-wrongful-conviction/ ON DECEMBER 29, more than a decade after she was first sent to prison in Nevada for a murder she did not commit, Kirstin Blaise Lobato saw the charges against her dismissed. “It is the end to her nearly 17-year nightmare,” said Vanessa Potkin, director of post-conviction litigation for the Innocence Project, which took on Lobato’s case. “It’s over.” Lobato …

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