After Innoncence http://wunc.org en After Innocence: Wrongfully Convicted Inmate Escaped Prison, Finally Exonerated http://wunc.org/post/after-innocence-wrongfully-convicted-inmate-escaped-prison-finally-exonerated <p>In 1982, a woman notified the police that two men had broken into her home, and one of them had sexually assaulted her. She described the sexual offender as a Latino man wearing no shirt and with no hair.&nbsp; After the police responded to the call, they found a group of Cuban-Americans in the parking lot of a convenience store. A man named Orlando Boquete was among them, the only one who wore no shirt and had little hair, although he did have a large, black mustache.&nbsp;</p><p>The police arrested Boquete right there and took him to the victim’s home, where she identified him, from 20 feet away in a police cruiser at night, as the perpetrator. After she identified him that night, she added to her testimony that the perpetrator had a mustache.</p><p>Boquete testified at the trial that he was with his family watching TV at the time of the crime. Afterwards, he went to the convenience store with his cousins, where the police picked him up.&nbsp; The jury didn’t buy it. Another piece of evidence ignored at the trial was blood type. The fluids found on the victim’s clothing revealed that the perpetrator had Type A blood. Boquete and the victim are both Type O, but the forensic analyst who testified at the trial did not mention this crucial fact.</p><p>Boquete was charged and convicted of sexual battery and burglary in 1983 and sent to prison. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 17061 at http://wunc.org After Innocence: Wrongfully Convicted Inmate Escaped Prison, Finally Exonerated After Innocence: James Waller Speaks About What Exoneration Feels Like http://wunc.org/post/after-innocence-james-waller-speaks-about-what-exoneration-feels <p>“The worst thing you can be is a sex offender because it’s dirt that you can’t wash off.”</p><p>Those words were spoken by James Waller in an interview with WUNC at the<a href="http://www.innocencenetwork.org/conference/2013-innocence-network-conference"> Innocence Network Conference</a> in Charlotte in April. Waller spent decades in prison and on parole after being wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy. When he went to jail, he was 23. When he was exonerated in 2007, he was 50. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 17060 at http://wunc.org After Innocence: James Waller Speaks About What Exoneration Feels Like After Innocence: Exoneree Christopher Scott Fights To Free Other Innocents Behind Bars http://wunc.org/post/after-innocence-exoneree-christopher-scott-fights-free-other-innocents-behind-bars <p><strong>Update 12/31/13: This story was mentioned in <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/31/prisons-2013_n_4505165.html" target="_blank">a Huffington Post list of notable prison stories</a> from 2013. <a href="http://wunc.org/topic/after-innocence-exoneration-america">All the stories from this series</a> are available for you to read and hear.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Christopher Scott walked out of the Dallas courthouse a free man after 12 years of wrongful imprisonment, Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins declared that it might be the biggest case yet for his office. &nbsp;Not only had they exonerated two people (the other was Claude Simmons </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.) involved in the same murder case, but they did it without DNA evidence. Watkins said that the case would likely cause DA offices across the country to take non-DNA exoneration requests a little more seriously.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 17011 at http://wunc.org After Innocence: Exoneree Christopher Scott Fights To Free Other Innocents Behind Bars Exonerees Share Stories Of Wrongful Conviction At Innocence Network Conference http://wunc.org/post/exonerees-share-stories-wrongful-conviction-innocence-network-conference-1 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Across the country, 306 wrongfully convicted inmates have been exonerated because of DNA evidence. The number of people exonerated through other means is hard to calculate, since not all states keep records of </span>exonerees<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; It might be close to 1,000. But that could be a gross undercount. Over 100 </span>exonerees<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and many others gathered in Charlotte this past weekend for the 2013 </span><a href="http://www.innocencenetwork.org/conference" style="line-height: 1.5;">Innocence Network Conference</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;There, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The State of Things</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> host Frank </span>Stasio<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sat down with two </span>exonerees<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and two legal professionals to learn more about their stories.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:15:42 +0000 Frank Stasio & Alex Granados 17079 at http://wunc.org Exonerees Share Stories Of Wrongful Conviction At Innocence Network Conference After Innocence: The 99th Person Exonerated Due To DNA Evidence http://wunc.org/post/after-innocence-99th-person-exonerated-due-dna-evidence <p>Marvin Anderson was exonerated in 2001 after spending 15 years in a Virginia prison and four years on parole for crimes he did not commit. His exoneration was granted after DNA evidence excluded him from the crimes, and he was the 99<sup>th</sup> person in the country to be exonerated due to DNA evidence gathered post-conviction. But had some evidence been taken more seriously at his original trial, Anderson never would have had to serve prison time for someone else’s crimes in the first place. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 17008 at http://wunc.org After Innocence: The 99th Person Exonerated Due To DNA Evidence After Innocence: Jeffrey Deskovic Was Incarcerated At 17, Exonerated At 33 http://wunc.org/post/after-innocence-jeffrey-deskovic-was-incarcerated-17-exonerated-33 <p>Jeffrey Deskovic was 16 when one of his female classmates, Angela Correa, was found murdered in the woods in their hometown in upstate New York.&nbsp; He says didn’t know her well, but she was always friendly to him in the school hallways. &nbsp;At the girl’s funeral, Jeffrey broke down in heavy sobs and visited her wake multiple times.&nbsp; It was there that some people started to suspect that he might have had something to do with the murder. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:24:42 +0000 Laura Candler 16986 at http://wunc.org After Innocence: Jeffrey Deskovic Was Incarcerated At 17, Exonerated At 33 After Innocence: What It's Like To Spend 26 Years Behind Bars, Innocent http://wunc.org/post/after-innocence-what-its-spend-26-years-behind-bars-innocent <p>In 1981, a 27-year-old white woman was riding her bike when she was attacked and raped by a shirtless African American man. A rape kit was collected, and a line-up of potential perpetrators was assembled for the victim to review, but she did not identify anyone. A year later, the police mailed her six photos from a new line-up. There were two men without shirts. The victim picked out Johnnie Lindsey, one of the shirtless men, as the perpetrator, and in 1983 he was charged with the crime. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Laura Candler 16946 at http://wunc.org After Innocence: What It's Like To Spend 26 Years Behind Bars, Innocent After Innocence: Julie Baumer Wrongly Convicted Of Child Abuse http://wunc.org/post/after-innocence-julie-baumer-wrongly-convicted-child-abuse <p>When Julie Baumer rushed her new-born nephew Philipp to the hospital on October 3, 2003, she had no idea what was wrong. He couldn’t keep his formula down for more than a few hours and wouldn’t take a bottle. Philipp was 6 weeks old and has spent the first week of his life in the neonatal intensive-care-unit after a difficult delivery. His mother, Julie’s sister, struggled with drug addiction and had already given up one child for adoption. Not wanting to see another child leave the family, Julie had offered to help care for her sister’s infant. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 16941 at http://wunc.org After Innocence: Julie Baumer Wrongly Convicted Of Child Abuse After Innocence: 27 Years In Prison, Exoneree Now Works To Free Others http://wunc.org/post/after-innocence-27-years-prison-exoneree-now-works-free-others <p>One of the longest prison sentences ever served by an innocent person was done by Charles Chatman of Dallas County Texas. Chatman, a black man, was wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in 1981 and sentenced to 99 years in prison. He served nearly 27 years before he was exonerated in 2008. Although he went before the parole board multiple times during his sentence, he was never granted parole because he never admitted guilt. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Laura Candler 16940 at http://wunc.org After Innocence: 27 Years In Prison, Exoneree Now Works To Free Others After Innocence: ‘How Many More Is It Going To Take?’ http://wunc.org/post/after-innocence-how-many-more-it-going-take <p>Damon Thibodeaux has a lot to be angry about. In 1997, when he was 22 years old, he was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent the next 15 years on death row, terrified of dying for a crime he did not commit. But he’s trying not to dwell on that. &nbsp;At 38 years old, he’s focusing on the years he has in front of him. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 16776 at http://wunc.org After Innocence: ‘How Many More Is It Going To Take?’