BREAKING: we're thrilled to announce that GIP & Southern Center for Human Rights client Johnny Lee Gates has been granted a new trial on the basis of new, exculpatory DNA evidence! Mr. Gates has spent the past 42 years in prison—26 of them on death row and the remaining 16 under a sentence of life without parole.
GIP's Jennifer Whitfield returns to the office on January 4, following her first court appearance as a staff attorney! She and pro bono co-counsel Mary Dayton attended a hearing in Forsyth County with GIP client Troy Turan. Go Jennifer!
How refreshing to see these Michigan prosecutors doing the right thing when faced with clear evidence that junk science wrongfully convicted two people. ALL prosecutors should value justice over finality.
In case you missed it: this is an incredible story. Although Valentino Dixon had never even stepped foot on a golf course, he sketched hundreds of them. The composition of grass, water, trees, and sky took him out of the din and darkness of his prison cell, where he had lived for 27 years, innocent of the charges that landed him there. Golf Digest finally took notice, and began looking into his case. The rest is history.
Justice is supposed to involve the search for truth, not the search for the easiest case to fight. What happens when prosecutors get that backwards? If you've listened to Episode 18 of Undisclosed Podcast, let us know your thoughts: http://undisclosed-podcast.com/
BREAKING: we're thrilled to announce that GIP and @southerncenter client Johnny Lee Gates has been granted a new trial on the basis of new, exculpatory DNA evidence! Mr. Gates has been in prison for an unimaginable 42 years. https://t.co/ZHA3Efyylc
A young man wrongfully incarcerated and nearly lost in the system, Pete Williams existed on the thin hope that DNA evidence would prove his innocence. And after 23 years of incarceration, it did. https://t.co/H9xNvMrIYl