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A Record # of Exonerations in 2015, Including 2 GA Cases

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From Aimee Maxwell I want to interrupt my previously scheduled blog post about the Googe exoneration to discuss the report released last week by the National Registry of Exonerations.  Read the entire report here. “Exonerations in 2015” provides incredible information.  Last year there were 149 exoneration, a record number. Some very interesting observations: No-Crime Cases: A […]

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Investigating a CODIS hit

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From Aimee Maxwell In my last blog entry I talked about CODIS hits. Quick reminder – CODIS hits are cases were DNA evidence from a crime scene matches someone in the DNA database (usually someone in prison). As part of the NIJ grant, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation generated a comprehensive report of all CODIS […]

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What is CODIS and how can it identify innocence claims?

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From Aimee Maxwell, GIP Executive Director First, sorry I’ve been MIA. Our office renovation is almost complete plus I received the applications for our summer program (107!) last week. Takes quite a while to read all those resumes! One more thing before I get to CODIS. I want to thank everyone who responded to the AJC article by […]

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GIP Client Wins Appeal

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GIP has been working on Paul Tyner since 2003.  In fact, he is case number 183.  During our investigation we realized that he had been waiting for an appeal since 1981!!  And this is not the only time we’ve discovered a person waiting decades for his appeal.  It’s always shocking. We are so pleased that […]

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GIP Exonerates Another Person

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Something to Celebrate! GIP Exonerates Another Georgia Man Through a first-in-the-nation initiative launched by the Georgia Innocence Project, we have a new exoneration: Michael Googe of Brunswick, GA is innocent of the 2007 burglary of a convenience store. Not only that, but our initiative also revealed the true perpetrator of the crime. Here’s how it happened. CODIS is the acronym […]

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New Eyewitness Bill

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2/23/2015 Today at the Georgia Legislature The Senate non-civil judiciary committee will be discussing SB 94, a bill to reform eyewitness identification. Aimee Maxwell will be at the hearing for GIP. UPDATE!! 2/24/2015 Great news from the legislature today – the new eyewitness bill passed unanimously out of committee! The bill will require law enforcement […]

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Interns – We Can’t Survive Without Them

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Interns – They are the best and, sometimes, the worst thing about being Executive Director of the Georgia Innocence Project. When I started this job I thought my least favorite part of the job would be dealing with the interns.  [Honestly, there are moments when that is true.  But, thankfully, those moments are few and […]