The Exoneration Initiative is committed to freeing the wrongfully convicted. Focused on The Exoneration Initiative's mission statement, the Board of Directors oversees the basic functioning of the organization and helps it to achieve its near and long-term goals.The Directors are:
Susan Sarandon, Honorary Board Member
11 February 2015
EXI client Lavell Jones was convicted of a 1997 Albany homicide he did not commit based solely on his false confession, obtained after more than 30 hours of interrogation, which he later recanted. No witnesses or physical evidence tied him to the crime. Now, another man has confessed to detectives, in detail, that he alone committed the murder for which Lavell and his codefendant were convicted. Hopefully this new development will finally ensure justice for the two men, who have maintained their innocence for the past 18 years.
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25 November 2014
Richard is now serving the 18th year of a 25-to-life sentence for a 1996 Bronx murder which occurred when he was 1,000 miles away in Florida - an alibi confirmed by 13 witnesses. Among them: a sheriff's deputy, a pastor, and a federal corrections officer. EXI filed a motion to exonerate Richard on March 28, 2014, based on the alibi and other exculpatory evidence which was never brought out at Richard's 1998 trial. Litigation on the case is ongoing. In the meantime, Dateline NBC's Dan Slepian has been investigating the case... that Dateline episode won't air until Spring, but NBC News gave us a snapshot of what is to come when it featured Richard's case last week.
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