Tag Archives: innocence project

High court reverses murder convictions, cites newly found evidence


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

Walter Lomax

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

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, left, speaks as Prince George's County State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy looks on. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

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

Four exonerees, clockwise from top left: Walter Lomax, Hubert James Williams, Lamar Johnson and Clarence Shipley.  MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Bonnie Jo Mount

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

A bill that would limit the use of restrictive housing of Maryland inmates met resistance Tuesday from state prison officials, who said they have proposed changes to the inmate disciplinary process and are doubling their mental health staff. (Thinkstock)

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

A group of men exonerated for crimes they did not commit attended an event in Annapolis urging reforms for wrongful conviction compensation and jailhouse informants. (The Daily Record / Heather Cobun)

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

Defense attorney Nancy Forster embraces her client Jerome Johnson after his release from prison outside Baltimore City Circuit Court. Jerome, spent the last 30 of his 50 years behind bars after a 1988 conviction for being a participant in a murder of a man in a Baltimore liquor store. Nancy discovered a strong innocence claim with his case and brought it to the Conviction Integrity Unit at the Baltimore City States Attorney's office which then approached the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project for their expertise. Photo by Maximilian Franz.

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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