Exoneration Project

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.

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Tara Thompson
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Russell Ainsworth
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Jon Loevy

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.

Faculty: 
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.

Faculty: 
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.

Faculty: 
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
Staff
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.

Faculty: 
Tara Thompson

Law Students Played a Crucial Role in Man's Release from Prison

Man Finds Justice through Exoneration Project
Lynn Safranek
Law School Office of Communications
April 27, 2011

After hours of interrogation and a beating from police that ruptured his eardrum, Eric Caine falsely confessed in 1986 to killing an elderly couple – an act that would lead to a conviction on murder charges and a lifetime prison term.

Faculty: 
Russell Ainsworth

Exoneration Project Wins New Trial for Client

Prosecutors Appealing New Trial For Murder Convict
CBS Chicago
cbschicago.com
April 11, 2011

Just days ago, a man who has been behind bars for 17 years learned his chance at freedom is in limbo.

The Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago Law School has been working to free Rodell Sanders. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports on the recent steps the project has taken to gain Sanders freedom.

Faculty: 
Russell Ainsworth

Chicago Law's Exoneration Project Frees Man Imprisoned for 25 Years

Man Freed after Two Decades behind Bars
Jason Meisner
Chicago Tribune
March 17, 2011

After 25 years behind bars, Eric Caine walked out from behind the stark stone walls of Menard Correctional Center a free man Thursday, all smiles in the warm sun.

"Let me breathe the air," he said, his big grin framed by a thin gray mustache. "Today is the first day of the rest of my life."

Faculty: 
Russell Ainsworth