Exoneration Project

Exoneration Project Victory: Client Tyrone Hood's Conviction Overturned

Becky Beaupre Gillespie
Law School Communications
February 10, 2015

A Cook County judge on Monday dismissed the murder conviction of Exoneration Project client Tyrone Hood, a man who served more than 21 years in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit. Hood, 51, was released last month after his sentence was commuted by outgoing Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

In a big and long-awaited win for the Law School’s Exoneration Project, a Cook County judge on Monday dismissed the murder conviction of client Tyrone Hood, a man who served more than 21 years in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit. Hood, 51, was released last month after his sentence was commuted by outgoing Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

Faculty: 
Tara Thompson

Exoneration Project Client to be Freed from Prison

Becky Beaupre Gillespie
Law School Communications
January 14, 2015

Former Gov. Pat Quinn commuted the sentence of a client the Exoneration Project had been working since 2008 to free. He is expected to be released from prison this week.

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s last day in office brought good news for the Law School’s Exoneration Project and a client whose murder conviction they had been working to overturn since 2008.

Faculty: 
Tara Thompson

Exoneration Project Clinic -- Significant Achievements

October 24, 2014

The Exoneration Project was hard at work, and busier than ever, in 2013-2014. The year also featured a number of important successes and advancements for our clients.

New DNA Evidence in Exoneration Project Case

DNA links murder and rape of Holly Staker, 11, to second murder 8 years later
Steve Mills and Dan Hinkel
Chicago Tribune
June 10, 2014

More than two decades after 11-year-old Holly Staker was raped and killed in what became one of Lake County's most contentious prosecutions, DNA evidence from her 1992 case has been matched to a potential suspect in a second slaying that took place nearly a decade later, attorneys said Tuesday.

Faculty: 
David Owens

Exoneration Project – Significant Accomplishments

November 1, 2013

The Exoneration Project had a busy 2012-13 year that saw significant advancements for several of the clients that the Project represents.

WBEZ's "Exoneree Diaries" on Exoneration Project Client James Kluppelberg

Exoneree Diaries: James Kluppelberg's fight for freedom
Alison Flowers
WBEZ
October 28, 2013

THEY CALLED IT the M&M shop, like the chocolate candy. It was Menard Correctional Center’s maintenance department, the one responsible for doing repairs throughout the maximum-security prison. For James, it meant something to do, time away from his cell, where he would otherwise spend 23 hours a day, every day.

Charges Against Exoneration Project Client Dismissed in Daley Center Rape Case

September 10, 2013

Carl Chatman, who had been sentenced to 30 years (and served 11) after being accused and convicted of a 2002 rape at Chicago's Daley Center, has been released after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him.

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