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GIP interns Gabrielle Slaughter and Dru Seldon traveled this week to south Georgia with GIP attorney Jennifer Whitfield. Here Gabby and Dru take a break from document collection and case investigation to smile for the camera in front of a beautiful courthouse. We love our interns!

Georgia Innocence Project

Georgia Innocence Project

Remember our last Joey Watkins update, less than a month ago? We had devastating news to share: that the Georgia Supreme Court denied Joey's request to appeal the dismissal of his habeas petition.

Today, we have more news. GREAT news. The Georgia Supreme Court changed their mind! In an almost unheard of turn of events, the Court granted our Motion for Reconsideration.

There's still a long road ahead -- but we're ready. You don't give up, and neither do we.

Georgia Innocence Project

Georgia Innocence Project

Last week, we, along with co-counsel at King & Spalding, filed a habeas petition in our client Dennis Perry's case. Dennis has been in prison for nearly two decades for a crime he didn't commit. Undisclosed Podcast covered the habeas petition, as well as an update on Joey Watkins -- listen here:

https://audioboom.com/posts/7294974-s2-s3-update-episode-heartbreak-hope

Georgia Innocence Project

Georgia Innocence Project

Twenty years ago today, Calvin C. Johnson, Jr. -- Georgia's first DNA exoneree - walked out of prison a free man, after 16 years of wrongful imprisonment. Despite suffering the unimaginable, Calvin not only survived, but has become a passionate and dedicated leader since his release, deeply committed to wrongful conviction education and reform and to supporting his fellow exonerees. Calvin was a victim of mistaken and tainted eyewitness identification; of disregarded exculpatory scientific evidence; of ignored alibi; of tunnel vision. He was convicted by an all white jury passing judgment on a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1980's Georgia. He had a good family, a college education, and a bright future. But it happened to him. And he now shares his story -- which he powerfully tells in his excellent book, Exit to Freedom -- to teach so many others that wrongful conviction can happen to anyone.

Calvin's case helped inspire GIP's formation, and he now serves on GIP's Board of Directors. He was exonerated by the Innocence Project, and also served on the Innocence Project's inaugural Board of Directors. Thank you, Calvin, for being such an inspiration, friend, and leader to us all. Happy 20 Year Freedom Anniversary!

Georgia Innocence Project

Georgia Innocence Project

Last week, in a two-sentence decision, the powers that be again turned a blind eye to Joey Watkins’ quest for justice. We’re sad and disappointed, but we won’t stop fighting. More on the blog: https://www.georgiainnocenceproject.org/2019/06/11/update-on-joey-watkins-case-part-i/

Georgia Innocence Project

Georgia Innocence Project

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Remember this horrible update we shared, less than a month ago? Well...

The Georgia Supreme Court changed their mind! They granted our motion to reconsider! There’s still a long road ahead, but this is NOT a dead end. https://t.co/oiRJhGBcSl



Dennis has been in prison for nearly two decades for a crime he didn’t commit. Listen to @Undisclosedpod for an update on the habeas petition we filed last week: https://t.co/RzIAQDzRAP



Last week, the Georgia Supreme Court denied Joey Watkins’ application to appeal a habeas court’s ruling that said that Joey was too late in raising claims of newly unearthed prosecutorial and juror misconduct. We're disappointed and sad. But we're not defeated.



We were honored to attend a screening of #WhenTheySeeUs last night! Georgia exonerees Clarence Harrison & Calvin Johnson — with 33 cumulative years of wrongful imprisonment between them — were in attendance, too. Thank you, @ava, for bringing these stories to the people ✊🏽 https://t.co/U1ypcKr3Cs

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Two brothers were just exonerated in Baltimore, after a quarter century in prison. As they left the prison, they got the chance to hug their sister — who had been waiting for them for 25 years. https://t.co/HhlwNKHgSS

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Double Exoneration: Baltimore Brothers Released from Prison after Serving 25 Years
https://t.co/FVKUlAucSP https://t.co/SSwp86kJY9



This is a BIG deal. First - sorely needed - Conviction Integrity Unit in the state! https://t.co/jnMksuR8dV