Exoneration Project

Clinics in Action: The Exoneration Project Presents Governor Quinn and a Panel Discussion on Executive Clemency

Date: 
11.19.2015
Location: 
Room V
Contact info (email or phone): 

tthompson@law.uchicago.edu

Does executive clemency have the power to drive criminal justice reform?  Please join the Exoneration Project for a conversation on this topic with former Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn, Tyrone Hood, and Karl Leonard '09.  Tara Thompson of the Exoneration Project will moderate.

Faculty: 
Tara Thompson
Faculty: 
David Owens
Faculty: 
Joshua Tepfer

Joshua Tepfer

Lecturer in Law

Josh Tepfer joined University of Chicago Law School as a Lecturer in Law at the Exoneration Project in the Fall 2015.

Exoneration Project Helps Overturn Conviction of Man Who Served 24 Years for Alleged Murder

Inmate Who Alleged Torture Freed From Prison: 'I Couldn't Give Up'
Steve Schmadeke
Chicago Tribune
October 14, 2015

After spending nearly a quarter-century behind bars for a murder he says he did not commit, Shawn Whirl on Wednesday walked out of state prison a free man, the latest Cook County conviction to dissolve under claims of a coerced confession.

After spending nearly a quarter-century behind bars for a murder he says he did not commit, Shawn Whirl on Wednesday walked out of state prison a free man, the latest Cook County conviction to dissolve under claims of a coerced confession.

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Faculty: 
Tara Thompson

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
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