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Stories of Wrongful Convictions: A Making an Exoneree Documentary Showcase

Stories of Wrongful Convictions: A Making an Exoneree Documentary Showcase

Stories of Wrongful Convictions:
A Making an Exoneree Documentary Showcase
May 2, 2023 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m. | Hybrid Event

Students from Georgetown and UC Santa Cruz have been working very hard reinvestigating Jamie’s case and creating this short film and we are honored to be a part of the 2023 Making an Exoneree program! 

Please support Jamie and these incredible students by joining us on May 2 @7pm for the documentary showcase! 


Texas death row inmate dies after December surgery for tumor

Texas death row inmate dies after December surgery for tumor
Hank, May 1, 2017 ©Justice4Hank 2017

HOUSTON — A man who had been on Texas’ death row for nearly 30 years after being convicted in the killings of his girlfriend and her two sons has died of natural causes, a spokesperson for the state prison system said Thursday.

Henry “Hank” Skinner, 60, died Thursday afternoon at a hospital in Galveston, said Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesperson Robert Hurst.

In a statement, Skinner’s attorneys said he died from complications following surgery in December to remove a brain tumor.

Skinner had been scheduled to be executed on Sept. 13.

Skinner was convicted of capital murder for the New Year’s Eve 1993 deaths of 40-year-old Twila Jean Busby and her sons — 22-year-old Elwin Caler and 20-year-old Randy Busby. They were found dead in their home in Pampa, located northeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle.

Prosecutors said Skinner used an ax handle to kill Twila Busby and then fatally stabbed her sons, who were both mentally impaired.

Skinner had long maintained his innocence. He had said he was passed out on a couch from a mix of vodka and codeine at the time of their deaths. Skinner and his attorneys had pointed to Twila Busby’s now-deceased uncle, Robert Donnell, as the possible killer.

“Mr. Skinner was still challenging his conviction at the time of his death, and we are deeply sorry that he passed away before those proceedings were complete,” his attorneys said in a statement.

Prosecutors had said traces of Skinner’s DNA were in blood in the bedroom where Randy Busby was found stabbed to death and that his DNA also matched blood stains throughout the house where the murders took place.

Skinner once came within an hour of execution in March 2010 before the U.S. Supreme Court granted him a stay so he could pursue DNA testing of items from the crime scene that hadn’t been tested. Continue Reading >>

Featured Case: Jamie Snow

Featured Case: Jamie Snow

Jamie Snow was convicted in 2001 for the 1991 murder of William Little, a gas station attendant in Bloomington, Illinois. Jamie is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole in Stateville prison in Joliet, Illinois.

Jamie Snow has proclaimed his innocence from day one. In the years following his conviction, new information has come to light clearly showing that police misconduct and bad lawyering sent the wrong man to prison for William Little’s murder. Jamie Snow is innocent.  Continue reading case overview →

Please visit www.FreeJamieSnow.com today. The Committee to Free Jamie Snow has done extensive research on Jamie’s case and continues to work diligently to provide a wealth of information including court documents, videos, and news reports. FreeJamieSnow.com is Jamie’s official website. The site is a vital resource for anyone interested in learning more about the injustice committed against Jamie Snow.

Please Sign our Petition Asking McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers To Allow DNA Testing In The Jamie Snow Case.

Snow Files Podcast

Presented by Injustice Anywhere. A deep dive into the wrongful conviction of Jamie Snow, and how McLean County got away with it.

Unjust & Unsolved Episode 3: Jamie Snow

Truth & Justice with Rob Ruff

The Jamie Snow case was recently featured on the Truth & Justice podcast with Bob Ruff. Jamie’s case kicked off season seven of the podcast on Sunday, July 14. The Truth & Justice podcast performs independent, in-depth investigations of wrongful conviction cases, with the unique feature of using crowdsourcing, which utilizes their 100k plus followers to elicit expertise in various aspects of each case they present.

Jamie Snow Interview

Closed Case Resulting in Release: Nicole “Nyki” Kish

Closed Case Resulting in Release: Nicole “Nyki” Kish

Nyki Kish was convicted on March 1, 2011, of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of Ross Hammond in Toronto, Canada, on August 8, 2007. Kish has steadfastly maintained her innocence since her arrest and there is no credible evidence to justify her conviction.

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“It is terrifying to be continually punished for this crime I did not commit. And it is damning to have to wonder why every night. I am no murderer and my heart is not selfish. If I was responsible for the death of another human being, I would have never plead not guilty. I would never suffer everyone involved this costly pain. This long, mentally diminishing, emotionally incapacitating process, this is the stuff true nightmares are made of. I did not kill Ross Hammond and I wish I had proven myself innocent beyond a reasonable doubt as I am innocent.”

– Nicole Kish at her sentencing on April 4, 2011

Charles Erickson released from prison after serving nearly 20 years for Kent Heitholt murder

Charles Erickson released from prison after serving nearly 20 years for Kent Heitholt murder
Charles Erickson

Erickson, 38, was convicted in 2005 for the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. He originally confessed to killing Heitholt, but later claimed he was coerced by Columbia Police investigators. 

“I know I was coerced,” he told KOMU 8 News in 2019. “I was coerced by the police, by the prosecutor, by my own attorney.”

During the investigation, Erickson implicated his friend Ryan Ferguson. Ferguson always maintained his innocence, but a jury found him guilty in 2005, mainly based on Erickson’s testimony.

Erickson recanted his original plea that Ferguson was his accomplice and said he committed the murder alone. That conviction was overturned in 2013 and Ferguson was released.

“It’s sort of selfish to say it felt good just to know it wasn’t on my conscience anymore,” Erickson told KOMU 8 News in 2019. “It felt good to know that I didn’t have someone else like that because I lied and especially, by that time, I was starting to realize, we didn’t do this.”

Erickson filed three petitions to wave his guilty plea in 2019, 2020 and 2021. 

All three times, Erickson’s lawyer, Landon Magnusson, filed a writ of habeas corpus, to show he was wrongfully detained. Read more >>

Book Recommendation: Trial By Liar: Meredith Kercher Rudy Guede Amanda Knox Raffaele Sollecito

Book Recommendation: Trial By Liar: Meredith Kercher Rudy Guede Amanda Knox Raffaele Sollecito

Amazon.com: “Is Amanda Knox innocent? How do you know?”

“I was asked these questions hundreds of times over the course of a decade by friends and strangers alike. The answer is that she, and her friend Raffaele Sollecito, are both innocent. Her roommate, Meredith Kercher, was killed by a burglar named Rudy Guede. I know these facts because of gossip and science, in that order.

My book, Trial By Liar, compliments Amanda and Raffaele’s wrongful conviction chronicles. Their memoirs eloquently capture what it was like to be found guilty of murder with no evidence. And this timeline, when combined with their first-person accounts, is an informative starting point for any interviewer, documentarian, researcher, or curious bystander.

This timeline offers a thought-provoking view of the victim, Meredith Kercher, juxtaposed against her killer, Rudy Guede. It reveals the truth as opposed to tabloid speculation and reality instead of conspiracy theories. And it demonstrates the innocence of the defendants and the guilt of the killer before anyone had an opinion.”

Brian Peixoto case update: Back in Court!

Brian Peixoto case update: Back in Court!

Written by Lisa Munger, M.Ed. Advocate

Friends and supporters, we are thrilled to inform you all that we are officially back in court!  What is truly remarkable is that so far we have had the cooperation of the DA’s office as there has been no opposition to the motions filed. We are hopeful that this is a strong indication that everyone is finally ready to learn what actually happened and why Brian is factually innocent. We look forward to a continued, cooperative effort in pursuit of the truth.

Brian’s legal team has been incredibly busy building the foundation for a Motion for New Trial. In July, a Motion to Compel, Search for and Provide Access to and Copies of Trial Exhibits was filed in Bristol Superior Court. Not only was there no opposition to the motion, but the DA made arrangements with one of Brian’s attorneys, Jack Cunha to turn over evidence.

Although the second pleading, a Motion for Access to Forensic Evidence was also not opposed by the DA, Brian’s legal team was before the court earlier this month to present the motion. As you can imagine, it was incredibly validating to hear the judge order the evidence to be turned over to the defense.

We are hoping this collaboration will continue as we progress, steadfast through the process.

This past January, Brian marked 25 years of incarceration for a crime he most assuredly did not commit. Brian is only looking ahead. His daughter, Amber was just 4 years old when he was taken from her life. Amber’s son, Anthony Brian will turn 4 later this year. He is hopeful that he will be home in time to pick up life with his grandson where he left off with his daughter.

In 1996, Brian was arrested and charged with murdering his then-girlfriend’s three-year-old son. From the very first police interrogation to this day, Brian has told only one version of events. Medical experts will attest that to a degree of medical certainty, Brian’s consistent accounting is the only one that makes sense based on the actual medical evidence. He would be the first to tell you that he is a realist. To hear him after a call with his legal team you would understand just how real the expectation is that his conviction will be overturned.

Brian is sponsored by the CPCS Innocence Program.  Director Lisa Kavanaugh has taken an active role to ensure that these post-conviction efforts proceed efficiently and effectively.  Nicole Collins, a legal fellow with CPCS has facilitated an in-depth review of all aspects of this case. Top Boston criminal defense attorney Jack Cunha is ready to lead this team into the courtroom. Former RI public defender and IA board member, Jennifer Fitzgerald, has led the discovery of what will undoubtedly be specifically what will overturn Brian’s conviction. For years she has educated herself on complex medical issues and has relentlessly asked the questions and pursued every path. Private investigator John Nardizzi was the catalyst in pulling together this legal team.  He is the founding member of this team.

Our website includes the basic facts and court history of this case. Pages detail our long and arduous fight to prove Brian’s innocence. It will be updated with shocking and indisputable evidence of Brian’s innocence. We wholeheartedly believe that if the jury had all of the information we are about to present to the court that they would most likely have found Brian not guilty. Although we cannot get into specifics about the medical evidence or experts at this time, rest assured, you won’t need a medical degree to understand exactly what happened.

We have been incredibly fortunate with support from medical and legal experts and those with this unfortunate commonality.  This legal team is very hard at work drafting the Motion for New Trial. You are hearing this first here, on an Injustice Anywhere platform where these efforts began years ago.

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter where we will be sure to keep you posted on our legal efforts as we are most definitively #onedaycloser.

Snow Files Season 2 Episode 34: Andy the Juror

Snow Files Season 2 Episode 34: Andy the Juror

Andy, a juror from Susan Claycomb’s trial, joins Tam and Ray for an in-depth interview about deliberations from her trial. Jamie’s co-defendant, Susan Claycomb was found not guilty at her trial, which was held first, and 90% of the trial was focused on the evidence against Jamie. They had to find Jamie guilty of murder in order to find Susan guilty of being the driver. Andy takes us behind the scenes of deliberations in Susan’s trial. What evidence was Susan’s jury focused on? Were there any sticking points? Andy also revealed they were questioned after the verdict by States Attorney Charles Reynard and Teena Griffin. What did they ask the jurors and why does it matter? You may be surprised at the effect the juror’s answers to these questions had on Jamie’s trial. You’ll learn all this and much more in this eye-opening interview.

Please join us at the McLean County Law & Justice Center in Bloomington, Illinois on September 8th at 1:30 Central time to show support for Jamie’s new attorney from the Exoneration Project, Lauren Myercough-Mueller, as well as for Jamie and his family. Keep up with updates on the Facebook Event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/255184552723871/

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Murder in Hawaii: Why Wrongful Convictions Happen

Murder in Hawaii: Why Wrongful Convictions Happen

A free 14-part documentary presented by Judges For Justice

Dana Ireland

On Christmas Eve, 1991, 23-year-old Dana Ireland was run over while riding her bicycle on the Big Island of Hawaii. The killer took her to a remote location where she was dumped in the bushes, sexually assaulted, and left to die. At 12:25 a. m. Christmas morning, Dana Ireland died of her injuries in the Hilo hospital.

Eight years later, even though they did not match the male DNA left at the crime scene, three local men were convicted of the brutal crime. The men were Frank Pauline and two brothers, Albert Ian Schweitzer and Shawn Schweitzer.

In our documentary, MURDER IN HAWAII, we describe the facts of the crime. We examine key evidence, including the testimony of four eyewitnesses who were never called to give evidence at either trial. We explain how the killer – the only man who left his DNA on Dana Ireland and on a bloody T-shirt found at the crime scene – could be captured today, 30 years later.

We also look at other wrongful convictions to illustrate how innocent people get convicted. If we can identify why wrongful convictions happen, then we can prevent them in the future.

Judges for Justice was founded on the premise that most people are of goodwill. They reject injustice when they are shown the truth. Justice is the perfect blending of truth and good will.

Watch the entire documentary on the Judges for Justice website.

Snow Files Season Two: Forensics Edition

Snow Files Season Two: Forensics Edition

Snow Files season two is live! In the first episode, we will focus on the state of the body from the perspective of the first officers on the scene. What position was the body in? How was it secured? Who touched it? The devil’s in the details, and this episode is will give us the baseline for examining issues in the upcoming episodes. This is where it all begins. Don’t forget to share!

On the night of March 31, 1991, Bill Little was murdered at the Clark Gas Station on Empire Street in Bloomington, IL. Immediately, Bloomington police secured the scene, examined the victim’s body, and collected physical evidence. Shoeprints, fingerprints, and blood type all excluded Jamie Snow. Jamie Snow was ultimately convicted of the murder in 2001, based solely on faulty eyewitness and jailhouse snitch testimony. This episode covers forensic evidence from the victim’s body that should be retested with modern day technology, and explores evidence from the victim’s body that was never tested. The State of Illinois continues to fight any additional forensics testing to this day.


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