Michigan Innocence Clinic http://michiganradio.org en Attorneys hope for new trial for Michigan man convicted of 1996 murder http://michiganradio.org/post/attorneys-hope-new-trial-michigan-man-convicted-1996-murder <p>Attorneys today&nbsp;will ask for a new trial for a man convicted of a 1996 rape and murder in Kalkaska.</p><p>They say new evidence raises serious doubts about the man’s guilt.</p><p>Jamie Lee Peterson is serving a life sentence for the 1996 murder of Geraldine Montgomery. He did confess to the crime, but he later recanted.</p><p>Last year, authorities arrested another man after DNA evidence connected him to the crime.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16316 at http://michiganradio.org Attorneys hope for new trial for Michigan man convicted of 1996 murder The kid or the hit man: who killed 4 people? http://michiganradio.org/post/kid-or-hit-man-who-killed-4-people <p></p><p>The Michigan Court of Appeals today heard the case of a 14-year-old boy convicted of four murders.</p><p>The court is considering evidence that the now 20-year-old man&nbsp;may be&nbsp;innocent.</p><p>In 2007, four people were shot in a Detroit neighborhood.</p><p>Police picked up Davontae Sanford, a partially blind, developmentally-delayed 14-year-old.</p><p>They held him for questioning without a parent or attorney present.</p><p>Sanford confessed and was given decades in prison.</p><p>Then, a convicted hit man, Vincent Smothers, said he - not Sanford - committed those murders.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:27:01 +0000 Kate Wells 13863 at http://michiganradio.org The kid or the hit man: who killed 4 people? Detroit bankruptcy could scuttle wrongly-imprisoned man's lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-could-scuttle-wrongly-imprisoned-mans-lawsuit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The human costs of Detroit’s bankruptcy are revealing themselves as the case proceeds in court.</p><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130730/METRO01/307300023/Detroit-bankruptcy-snags-wrongly-convicted-man">For Dwayne Provience,</a> it means yet more uncertainty over an already years-long wrongful imprisonment lawsuit.</p><p>When a city files for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy, all its lawsuits get put on hold. That’s a good thing for the city, as it struggles to conserve cash and get its financial house in order.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:20:13 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13764 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit bankruptcy could scuttle wrongly-imprisoned man's lawsuit Michigan man convicted on 'junk science' is now free http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-man-convicted-junk-science-now-free <p>He spent four years in prison after he was convicted in 2009 on an arson charge. But now he is free after a team of lawyers from the University of Michigan's Innocence Clinic proved he was wrongfully convicted.</p><p>The Innocence Clinic team said Caminata was convicted on "junk science."</p><p>The Clinic has more on Caminata's conviction:</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:16:06 +0000 Mark Brush 13374 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan man convicted on 'junk science' is now free Michigan Innocence Clinic works to free those wrongfully convicted http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-innocence-clinic-works-free-those-wrongfully-convicted <p>Imagine being picked up by police for a crime you did not commit. You plead your innocence, but no one believes you.</p><p>Now imagine you&#39;re convicted and sentenced to prison for that crime.</p><p>For our What&#39;s Working series, Michigan Radio host Christina Shockley spoke with David Moran, the co-director of the <a href="http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/innocenceclinic/Pages/default.aspx">Michigan Innocence Clinic</a>.</p><p>The Clinic, at the University of Michigan Law School, aims to overturn the convictions of people who were wrongfully convicted.<br /><br /> It&#39;s estimated that 1,500 people currently in Michigan prisons were wrongfully convicted.</p><p>You can hear the interview with David Moran above.</p><p>And here&#39;s a video from the Michigan Innocence Clinic on the case of Dwayne Provience who spent ten years in prison for a crime he did not commit.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMCPqD4IMjE Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:29:19 +0000 Christina Shockley, Zoe Clark & What's Working 2878 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Innocence Clinic works to free those wrongfully convicted