2017 Defenders of the Innocent Event at Crowne Plaza on April 29 – Registration Opens March 1
| ||IP Exoneree Charles Palmer and his wife, Deborah|
We have so much to celebrate again this year! Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 29, and plan to join us to:
WELCOME HOME Charles Palmer, IIP’s 10th exoneree.
HEAR AN EXONEREE’S STORY from Yusef Salaam, one of the “Central Park Five” wrongfully convicted as a teenager for rape and assault in New York’s infamous “Central Park Jogger” case
| ||New York Innocence Project Exoneree Yusef Salaam and his mother, Sharonne|
HEAR A MOTHER’S STORY from Sharonne Salaam, who fought to prove her son’s innocence and today advocates tirelessly for the wrongly imprisoned
BE INSPIRED by exonerees from our Project and others
CELEBRATE YOU … our partner in defending the innocent
Stay tuned for notice of online registration and sponsorship, beginning March 1.
Ruling Date Set for IIP Client William Amor
In the case of IIP client William (Bill) Amor, a week-long evidentiary hearing on new fire investigation/arson science;was held in DuPage County in December. It is expected the Judge will rule on the case by the end of March.
IIP has long contended that Mr. Amor was wrongly convicted of the murder of his mother-in-law, who was killed in a 1995 fire in her Naperville apartment. A team of attorneys represented Mr. Amor, who was present;at the hearing: IIP Chicago Legal Director Lauren Kaeseberg; pro bono attorney Kevin Caraher, of the Chicago office of Cozen O'Connor Erica Nichols Cook, formerly an IIP staff attorney, now director of the Wrongful Convictions Unit at the Iowa State Public Defender and Tara Thompson, staff attorney at the Exoneration Project in Chicago.
Multiple witnesses testified at the evidentiary hearing that the original finding of arson was based on unreliable and outdated evidence and that, based on new methods of fire science today, there was insufficient evidence to come to that conclusion. In addition, the science clearly demonstrates Mr. Amor’s 1995 confession was false.
Bill has been wrongly imprisoned for 21 years of a 45-year sentence, during which he has consistently maintained his innocence.
For more... The William Amor Case
Time Magazine Features IIP Exoneree Angel Gonzalez
IIP Exoneree Angel Gonzalez is among the exonerees featured in a Time Magazine Special Edition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Innocence Project, founded by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck in 1992. IIP worked closely with the Innocence Project to win Angel’s release in March 2015.
The Innocence Project is the centerpiece of the edition “Innocent: The Fight Against Wrongful Convictions” (on news stands until May 19,2017. From its introduction, authored by New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer, to its last chapter, the issue explains how Neufeld and Scheck fostered a movement in America’s criminal justice system through the use of DNA technology and pays tribute to clients as well as to some of the many players who have become central to the work of exonerating innocent people.