Exoneration Project

Huffington Post Highlights Exoneration Project Client's First Vote for President

November 14, 2012

The article, by the Chicago Innocence Project's David Protess, describes the first experience of voting in a presidential election by Exoneration Project client Eric Caine.

University of Chicago Magazine on The Exoneration Project

Innocence won
Brooke E. O’Neill
University of Chicago Magazine
September 13, 2012

On the night of April 18, 1990, taxi driver Billy G. Williams, 44, was found dead in his cab, shot in the head on Chicago’s South Side. Two days later, 20-year-old Shawn Whirl was arrested and confessed to the murder. He pleaded guilty and has been in prison ever since.

Tara Thompson
Russell Ainsworth

David Owens

Staff Attorney, Exoneration Project, and Lecturer in Law

A Seattle native, David B. Owens earned two bachelor’s degrees at the University of Washington—one in Political Science and one in Philosophy. Owens then completed his M.A. in Elementary Education while teaching 6th Grade in Los Angeles as a Teach For America corps member. Owens completed his law degree and an M.A.

The Exoneration Project: Four Wins and Counting

Law students help free wrongfully convicted inmates
Janan Hanna
University of Chicago News Office
June 18, 2012

More than 17 years ago, Harold Richardson was arrested and later convicted for a crime he did not commit.

Kristin McKeon was then a grade school student in Connecticut.

Their paths crossed late last year when McKeon, JD’12, became part of a team of lawyers who won Richardson’s release from prison, using DNA evidence to show another man had committed the crime.

Tara Thompson
Russell Ainsworth

Wrongfully Convicted Man Released After 24 Years, Thanks to Exoneration Project, Alumni

Meredith Heagney
Law School Office of Communications
June 1, 2012

Yesterday, James Kluppelberg was a free man for the first time in 24 years. He walked out of the Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois alongside his lawyer, Karl Leonard, '09, after a Cook County judge and prosecutors agreed he was wrongfully convicted of murder and arson.

Chicago Tribune Profiles Exoneration Project Staff Attorney Tara Thompson '03

Remarkable Woman: Tara Thompson
William Hageman
Chicago Tribune
April 27, 2012

If you tracked down Tara Thompson's childhood friends and told them what she was doing these days, she says they wouldn't be surprised.

Tara Thompson

Exoneration Project Presents New Evidence in Attempt to Reverse Murder Conviction

Attorney: New evidence could reverse Snow's murder conviction
Edith Brady-Lunny
Pantagraph.com (Bloomington, IL)
December 7, 2011

A parade of witnesses who testified against Jamie Snow at his 2001 murder trial have recanted, creating a pool of new evidence that could reverse Snow’s murder conviction, an attorney for the former Bloomington man told the 4th District Appellate court Wednesday.

Tara Thompson

Exoneration Project Wins New Trial for Man Convicted of Murder

Exoneration Project Wins New Trial for Man Convicted of Murder
Lynn Safranek
Law School Office of Communications
November 21, 2011

Students in the University of Chicago Law School’s Exoneration Project have helped a man convicted in a 1994 Chicago murder win a new trial based on DNA evidence that links the slaying to another man.

Tara Thompson

Students in Exoneration Project Help Free Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder

Three Illinois Men Exonerated in 1991 Murder of 14-year-old Girl
Law School Office of Communications and Exoneration Project Blog
November 4, 2011

For the second time this year, the hard work of University of Chicago Law School students in the Exoneration Project has successfully freed an imprisoned man who was wrongly convicted of murder.

Tara Thompson
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