Tag Archives: innocence project

Barbera calls for review of witness-identification guidelines

10.15.13 BALTIMORE, MD- Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Maryland Court of Appeals.  (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Maryland’s top judge called Monday on the state’s judiciary to consider easing its outdated deference to eyewitnesses’ identification of criminal defendants, saying research and other states’ courts have found such testimony is often flawed regardless of how certain the witness ...

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Innocence Project clients, lawyers ask for transparency on jailhouse witnesses

Clarence Shipley, left, meets fellow exoneree James Owens, as  Michele Nethercott of the University of Baltimore School of Law Innocence Project. looks on. (Heather Cobun)

ANNAPOLIS — Recent exonerees and Innocence Project attorneys told a Senate committee Wednesday that more transparency and scrutiny of so-called jailhouse witnesses is needed to prevent wrongful convictions. Senate Bill 769, as amended, would require a central list of in-custody ...

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Family of man freed by UB Innocence Project files wrongful conviction suit

Malcolm Bryant addresses the audience at a UB School of Law symposium on wrongful convictions on Sept. 29, 2016. Professor Michele Nethercott, director of UB’s Innocence Project Clinic, is at right. (University of Baltimore School of Law)

The family of a Baltimore man exonerated by DNA evidence is suing the Baltimore Police Department for actions the family claims violated the man’s rights and led to his wrongful conviction. Malcolm Jabbar Bryant died in 2017 at the age of 42. He ...

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Prosecutors vacate 1992 conviction through Innocence Project partnership


A man who spent 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit was released Tuesday after a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge vacated his conviction at the request of prosecutors. Clarence Shipley was convicted in 1992 of ...

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Wrongful convictions task force supports standardized compensation

Legislation that would allow people exonerated of crimes to collect $50,000 per year of incarceration or actual damages sustained, whichever is greater, is in line with what the federal government awards, according to Michele Nethercott, director of the Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law. ‘This does not represent a huge departure from what the Board of Public Works was doing when it acted on applications for this,’ she said. (File photo)

A task force studying wrongful convictions in Maryland is asking state lawmakers to establish a more streamlined process for compensating and supporting people who have been exonerated, including establishing a standard amount of compensation per year of incarceration. Members of ...

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Baltimore prosecutors, Innocence Project receive federal grant to support partnership

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The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project received a grant to fund additional staff to support their efforts to identify and investigate wrongful convictions. The combined $219,366 in funds from the U.S. Department of Justice will ...

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Man exonerated for ’04 murder after Innocence Project intervenes

Lamar Johnson smiles outside Baltimore City Circuit Court while answering questions Tuesday afternoon after prosecutors announced his 13-year-old murder conviction will be vacated and all charges dismissed in the case, in which he was misidentified as a suspect. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

A Baltimore man who served 13 years in prison for a murder he did not commit was released Tuesday after prosecutors asked for his conviction to be vacated and dropped the charges because of newly-discovered exonerating evidence. Lamar Johnson, 33, ...

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Md. court gives convicted killer chance to prove innocence in ’87 murder

The Court of Appeals builiding in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.

A man convicted in the 1987 murder of a woman in her Easton kitchen will get another chance to prove his innocence. Maryland’s second-highest court said Wednesday that a trial judge must determine whether “newly discovered” evidence pointing to another ...

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