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COURT OVERTURNS CONVICTION OF GEORGIA MAN AFTER 22 YEARS OF WRONGFUL INCARCERATION

Convicted of burglary and sexual assault, Sandeep “Sonny” Bharadia has always maintained his innocence. 22 years later, a judge has finally overturned his conviction. On April 9, 2024, Gwinnett County Judge Laura Tate filed an order granting habeas relief to long-time Georgia Innocence Project client, Sonny Bharadia. Judge Tate ruled that Sonny’s constitutional rights were

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Justice for All: Examining Wrongful Convictions Among Women on International Women’s Day

Today is March 8th, which marks the observance of International Women’s Day worldwide. Observed since 1911, the day aims to celebrate the various impacts women have made towards improving society socially, economically, and culturally. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. Although many strides have been made over the past

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Meet the Summer 2023 Interns

The Georgia Innocence Project welcomes the 2023 summer interns. Coming from different parts of the United States, the group of individuals unite to bring their unique backgrounds and skill sets to tackle the injustices within our criminal legal system. Together, they are united by a common passion for addressing wrongful convictions. Here are our wonderful

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Juneteenth 2023

This week, join us as we commemorate Juneteenth and celebrate Black Americans’ perseverance and history. What Does Juneteenth Commemorate? On January 1st, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that all enslaved individuals were now free; however, the news didn’t reach all of the states. It wasn’t until more than two years later,

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Behind Bars Despite DNA Evidence

In this post, we will dig deeper into one of GIP’s long-time active cases and explain how a procedural error can keep someone behind bars despite evidence of innocence. For Sonny Bharadia, that evidence of innocence comes in the form of DNA from inside a pair of gloves. The DNA proves that Sonny Bharadia was

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Ray White

On July 5, 1994, a young woman was attacked as she was taking out her trash. For weeks she had been receiving harassing phone calls, and the day after the Fourth of July an assailant showed up at her home, shoved her inside and attempted to rape her. A struggle ensued and the attacker ripped off the victim’s spandex pants, but she was able to escape and reach a handgun – she fired at the intruder and he fled.

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