Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sam Gross and Rob Warden have launched a new project, a National Registry of Exonerations.

Sam reports: "It's a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at the Northwestern School of Law. We've put together an on line database of 891 exonerations - and counting - at

Plus we released a report on 873 of them (what we had on March 1) - attached - plus more than 1170 additional "group exonerations" that are discussed in the report but are not in the database. These are exonerations that followed the discovery of police misconduct scandals like the Rampart scandal in LA or the Tuilia cases in Texas in which police officers systematically framed innocent defendants, usually on drug and gun charges. We found 13 such scandals around the country - and there are certainly others we haven't found."

He continues by requesting:

1. Everyone should please be in touch, srgross@umich.edu, to tell us about cases we've missed. It's already happened.

2. Spread the work on the existence of the resource in an effort to (a) rouse up more reports of cases and (b) publicize the problem.


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