Exoneration Project

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.

Exoneration Project Client Granted Certificate of Innocence

Man wrongly convicted of fatal arson granted certificate of innocence
Steve Schmadeke
Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2013

Tears streaming down his face, a man who wrongly spent nearly 25 years behind bars was granted a certificate of innocence Monday by a Cook County judge who called the ordeal an "injustice," according to his attorneys.

Clinics in Action: The Exoneration Project

The Exoneration Project presents "Convicting the Innocent: Addressing Wrongful Convictions in Cook County, Illinois"

Exoneration Project Featured in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Schools create a life mission
John Flynn Rooney
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
January 24, 2013

After lawyers with the Exoneration Project agreed to handle his murder case, James Kluppelberg said he believed their work would lead to his freedom.

And it did.

Kluppelberg got released in May after 24 years in prison. A Cook County circuit judge dismissed charges that resulted in his conviction on six counts of first-degree murder and three counts of arson.

Tara Thompson

Kane Center Clinics Hiring for Summer 2013

2013 Summer Jobs in the Kane Center Clinics
Law School Office of Communications
January 8, 2013

In summer 2013 the clinical law program plans to hire a number of law students to work in the various clinics in the Kane Center.  Positions will be open for the following clinics:

Jeff Leslie

Exoneration Project Clients to be Featured on '60 Minutes'

December 7, 2012

This Sunday, CBS' 60 Minutes will include a story titled "The False Confession Capital," about the many cases of in Chicago of convictions overturned due to coerced confessions.

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

Exonerated of Murder, Chicagoan’s First Vote for President
David Protess
Huffington Post
November 14, 2012

The article 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

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.

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