July 18, 2016 |
DNA testing of a single human hair, which could make all the difference in the prosecution's ability to retry Anthony Wright in the 1991 rape and murder of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman, is inconclusive. Wright's Feb. 29 retrial in the Oct. 19 slaying of Louise Talley was postponed when police reexamined clothes believed to have been worn by Talley and discovered two hairs apparently overlooked in the original investigation a quarter-century ago. One of the hairs proved unsuitable for DNA testing; the "inconclusive" finding in the comparison of the second hair with Wright's DNA became public Friday in a pretrial hearing before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Sandy L.V. Byrd.
September 24, 2014 |
For more than two decades, Anthony Wright has lived with the title a Philadelphia jury gave him - rapist and murderer of 77-year-old Louise Talley, who was stabbed to death in her Nicetown home on Oct. 19, 1991. Wright, 43, is far from a free man. But he still wiped tears from his eyes Monday when Common Pleas Court Judge D. Webster Keough formally vacated the 1993 verdicts against him, ordered a new trial, and told him: "You are now presumed innocent until proven guilty. " Keough's ruling was expected.
May 7, 2014 |
THE PENNSYLVANIA Innocence Project, which works to free people who have been wrongfully convicted, will celebrate its fifth anniversary tonight at the Kimmel Center with cocktails, dessert and actor Tony Goldwyn of TV's "Scandal" fame. The event will honor those who have doggedly pursued justice for people wrongfully behind bars and also will recognize those wrongfully convicted. Eugene Gilyard, 35, who spent 15 years in state prison before a judge tossed out his and co-defendant Lance Felder's convictions in a 1995 slaying, will speak.
December 29, 2013 |
Gov. Christie on Friday signed into law a bill increasing compensation for people who are wrongfully imprisoned, from $20,000 per year of incarceration to $50,000. The increase in the cap on statutory damages to $50,000 per year - or twice the claimant's income in the year before incarceration, whichever is greater - puts New Jersey in line with what federal law provides, according to the nonprofit Innocence Project. New Jersey is among 29 states and the District of Columbia providing some form of compensation to victims.
June 26, 2013
AFTER HAVING the courage to stand up, do the right thing and testify before an arbitration panel, Aida Guzman has been victimized a second time! (The first time was when she was punched in the face by a male police lieutenant while celebrating her heritage at the Puerto Rican Day Parade.) Guzman, who speaks very little English, was obviously no match for the experienced FOP attorney, whose livelihood consists of verbally attacking witnesses who are under oath. This is yet another prime example of why so many people have little (or no)
April 3, 2013 |
HARRY "POP" Priovolos has only one item on his "bucket list," and it doesn't involve seeing the Grand Canyon or learning the harmonica. The 82-year-old retired baker and widower with a stern countenance behind wire-rimmed glasses doesn't play golf or shoot pool - and he surrendered his family's longtime home years ago to bunk down in Warrington with two of his three sons. Indeed, Priovolos has mostly blown through his life savings over the last 23 years, hiring lawyers and private investigators, compiling binders and phoning reporters.
March 18, 2013 |
Two men spent more than a decade behind bars before DNA evidence exonerated them. After their release, one married, held a steady job, and earned a pension. The other is on welfare and lives with his mother. What separates their situations? Mainly, a river. While individual traits and circumstances surely played a role in the former inmates' differing destinies, prison reform advocates say it was crucial that one received a hand up from the state upon release and the other did not. Since 1997, New Jersey has compensated the wrongfully convicted with at least $20,000 for each year of incarceration.
August 20, 2012 |
What can chemistry do to help doctors detect cancer? To exonerate the wrongly convicted? And clarify the causes of climate change? These are some of the issues that will be addressed this week as 14,000 scientists descend on the Convention Center for a meeting of the American Chemical Society. Though the theme is "Materials for Medicine and Health," more than 8,000 planned sessions will range into nutrition, brain science, biodegradable plastics, solar cells, and forensics. The Washington-based ACS, which boasts of being the world's largest scientific society, holds two meetings a year in various cities.