02/04/10

Innocence Project Exonerates 250th Prisoner

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Rex grantee The Innocence Project has been working since 1989 to help the wrongfully convicted gain exoneration and justice. With the exoneration this week of Freddie Peacock of Rochester, New York, the organization marked its 250th success.

Peacock’s case was especially egregious because it involved a false confession from a mentally ill man. Says IP co-director Peter Neufeld, with Peacock’s exoneration, “New York becomes the nation’s capital of false confessions.” Since 2002, 10 people in New York have been exonerated through DNA testing after false confessions or admissions led to wrongful convictions–a third of all all DNA exonerations in that period.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/02/04/national/a145924S94.DTL#ixzz0ecNcITbB