January 2017 archive

Jan 18

8,164 Cases Now In Innocents Database

The Innocents Database now includes 8,164 cases: 5,242 from the U.S., and 2,922 from 116 other countries. The database includes 4,323 U.S. cases from 2017 to 1989, when the first DNA exoneration occurred. The Innocents Database is the world’s largest database of exonerated persons, and it includes all identifiable exonerations in the United States, as …

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Jan 14

John Kennedy O’Hara’s Voting Fraud Convictions Overturned After 18 Year Fight

John Kennedy O’Hara in courtroom when his conviction was overturned on January 12, 2017 (Jesse Ward, NY Daily News)

On January 12, 2017 John Kennedy O’Hara’s 1999 voting fraud related convictions were overturned in Kings County, New York. John O’Hara was an attorney in Brooklyn who in the early-to-mid-1990s was an active political opponent of Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes. In the 1990s O’Hara ran five times against Hynes allies — twice for …

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Jan 09

James Richard Greene’s Conviction Tossed For Driving Motorized Wheelchair While Drunk

James Richard Greene (Lincoln County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office)

James Richard Greene was acquitted by the Oregon Court of Appeals on December 29, 2016, of driving under the influence of intoxicants while he was operating his motorized wheelchair. On October 16, 2012 James Greene turned his motorized wheelchair from a sidewalk onto a marked crosswalk in Lincoln County, Oregon. The 56-year-old Greene then drove …

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Jan 08

Innocence Project Agrees To Represent Kirstin Lobato

The Innocence Project in New York has agreed to represent Kirstin Lobato pro bono for the district court proceedings ordered by the Nevada Supreme Court in its November 23, 2016 ruling on her habeas corpus petition appeal. Prominent Las Vegas attorney David Chesnoff has agreed to serve pro bono as Ms. Lobato’s local counsel. Chesnoff’s …

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Jan 04

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin Issues 192 Marijuana Possession Pardons

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (Pat Bradley - WAMC)

On January 3, 2017 Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin issued a pardon to 192 people convicted prior to 2013 of misdemeanor marijuana possession. In 2013, Gov. Shumlin signed a law decriminalizing possession in Vermont of less than one ounce of marijuana. Before the law was changed in 2013, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana …

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