Dean Gillispie

Blind Injustice: How ‘Tunnel Vision’ Convicts the Innocent

Roger Dean Gillispie was found guilty of rape, even though he didn’t match eyewitness descriptions, and the evidence made clear he was nowhere near the scene of the crime. He spent more than 20 years behind bars until the Ohio Supreme Court this year gave him back his freedom. The director of the Ohio Innocence Project, who worked on his case, tells the story.

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NYC Resists Paying Rape Exoneree For $18 Million Jury Verdict In 2010

New York City is doubling down its efforts to stop Alan Newton, who spent 22 years behind bars for a rape he didn't commit, from collecting the $18 million verdict a jury awarded him in 2010, reports the New York Daily News. “This is a journey that started in 1984, and it's still going on because the city refuses to take any responsibility,” Newton said. Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin set aside the jury verdict in 2011, arguing Newton wasn't entitled […]


L.A. County Paying $24M+ To Settle Two Wrongful Conviction Cases

The Los Angeles County Council yesterday agreed to pay more than $24 million to settle lawsuits by two men who alleged that investigations by dishonest Los Angeles police detectives led to their wrongful murder convictions and caused them to spend decades behind bars, reports the Los Angeles Times. Kash Delano Register, who won his freedom in 2013 after lawyers and students from Loyola Law School cast doubt on the testimony of a key prosecution witness, will get $16.7 million, the […]


Story Of OH Prisoner 037737, Woman Seeking to Prove Her Innocence

The Guardian tells the story of Tyra Patterson, Ohio prisoner 037737, who was has been locked up for 21 years. Today, the 7,787th behind bars for Patterson, one out of every 110 adult Americans lives under the lock and key of the planet's largest jailer. Patterson is black; in Ohio, the ratio of incarcerated black people to the general African-American population is almost six times the equivalent ratio for white people. Nationally, one in 18 black women can expect to […]


Wrongful Convictions: Is the Tide Shifting?

One winter night in 1990, a Philadelphia barber named Muhammad Don Ray Adams was cutting a neighbor's hair when gunshots rang out a few blocks away. He kept right on barbering; gunshots were just part of the evening soundtrack in North Philly. But a few hours later, he got word that cops were eyeing him as the gunman. The buzz around the neighborhood was that someone named Don Ray had fired the shots, killing two drug dealers. Eyewitnesses had described […]


The ‘Peculiar Gap’ in New York State’s Interrogation Law

All states have laws and judicial rulings regarding criminal interrogation. The rules are intended to insure that confessions, and other incriminating statements, are voluntary and not the result of coercion or offers of leniency. In New York State for example, a statute prohibits tactics that create a substantial likelihood of producing a false incriminating statement. Such rules are designed to maintain the reliability of evidence, and to protect the integrity of criminal prosecutions. But there is a peculiar gap in […]


New Texas Exoneration Review Commission Holds Its First Session

Texas’ new 11-member Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission's held its first meeting yesterday, reports the Texas Tribune. Timothy Cole, the commission's namesake, was wrongfully convicted in a rape case that led to a 25-year prison sentence. He died in prison but was posthumously exonerated, thanks to DNA evidence. Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill creating the commission, which is charged for one year with studying exonerations since Jan. 1, 2010, to identify what went wrong and recommend how to prevent […]