2015: Celebrating Major Moments in Innocence and Criminal Justice Reform
With 2015 coming to a close, we want to celebrate major moments in exonerations and criminal justice reform this year. Take a look at the highlights
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Meet Staff Attorney Karen Thompson, the Lawyer who Helped Exonerate Lewis Fogle
As told by the Pittsburgh Post‐Gazette
, there are three people who were key to Fogle’s redemptive day in court, the first being Karen Thompson, the staff attorney at the Innocence project who started working on his case back in 2012. It was Thompson and her move to conduct a “deep dive” for evidence which uncovered previously items not tested for DNA. Read more
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Retired Police Chief and IP Board Member: Why I Give
Retired Police Chief, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina
Executive Director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association
Innocence Project Board Member
I first learned about the Innocence Project when I was appointed to the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission in 2002 by the state Supreme Court chief justice. I served on that commission until 2006, when I came to the Major Cities Chiefs Association and was later invited by Innocence Project Executive Director Maddy deLone and Board Chair Rodney Ellis to serve on the Innocence Project Board of Directors.
Through my work for the Innocence Inquiry Commission and later the Innocence Project, I came to understand the challenges and contributing causes of wrongful convictions. As a former police chief I did a lot of work promoting best practices for eyewitness identification and evidence preservation, encouraging police departments across the country to adopt policies that help avoid wrongful convictions.
People choose to donate to particular causes for many different reasons but the Innocence Project goes right to the heart of the problems with our criminal justice system. Years ago the issue of wrongful convictions was practically unheard of, and now there is a strong public about the causes and effects. Contributions to the Innocence Project directly help correct terrible miscarriages of justice and help change the system in a way that the promise of justice becomes a reality.
Happy New Year from Exoneree Everton Wagstaffe