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High court reverses murder convictions, cites newly found evidence (access required)

Maryland’s top court on Monday unanimously overturned the murder convictions of two men, citing recently discovered evidence pointing to a different suspect and the recent disclosure of a deal investigators made with a major state witness before trial. The Court ...

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Exoneree compensation bill fails to pass as Republicans object (access required)

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The General Assembly failed to pass legislation that would streamline the process for the wrongfully convicted to receive compensation and other benefits, frustrating advocates who hoped that years of work would finally pay off. The bill, named after exoneree Walter ...

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BPW to vote on millions in compensation for 3 wrongfully convicted men (access required)

Three men wrongfully convicted for a 1983 murder will receive $2.9 million each in compensation if the Maryland Board of Public Works votes to approve the payments on Wednesday. Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart were convicted of murder in ...

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Issue of exoneree compensation returns to General Assembly (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — A push to reform and streamline the way Maryland compensates the wrongly convicted was heard in two General Assembly committees Wednesday. Senate Bill 797 and House Bill 985 propose requiring the Maryland Board of Public Works to pay individuals ...

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Advocates, exonerees ask for safeguards on use of jailhouse witnesses (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Advocates battling wrongful convictions asked legislators Tuesday to increase transparency around the use of so-called jailhouse witnesses by requiring the disclosure of information to the defendant and a statewide database that tracks when witnesses testify as part of ...

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Exonerees ask Md. for compensation law, jailhouse witness reform (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — A group of men who served a combined 250 years in prison for crimes they did not commit asked legislators Wednesday to support bills to standardize post-release compensation for exonerees and increase transparency about the use of jailhouse ...

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Advocates, legislators hope exoneree cases spur compensation plan (access required)

A stalemate between Maryland’s Board of Public Works and five exonerated men seeking compensation for their years in prison — a stalemate that became increasingly public over the summer — ended with the board awarding the men millions of dollars, which ...

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Tenn. judge denies DNA testing sought 13 years after man’s execution (access required)

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — The daughter of a man executed 13 years ago for murder does not have standing to seek DNA testing of evidence in the case, a Memphis judge ruled Monday, but the judge also said the ruling wasn’t ...

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Dozens of delegates urge BPW to act on exoneree compensation (access required)

A group of Maryland delegates is urging the Board of Public Works to compensate five men who were wrongfully incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. In a letter to the board’s members — Gov. Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot ...

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